Definition of ethylene glycol in English:

ethylene glycol


mass nounChemistry
  • A colourless viscous hygroscopic liquid used as an antifreeze, in the manufacture of polyesters, and in the preservation of ancient waterlogged timbers.

    Alternative name: ethanediol; chemical formula: CH₂(OH)CH₂OH

    • ‘Polyesters were first produced in England in 1941 by condensing ethylene glycol with terephthalic acid.’
    • ‘Two of the coolants extensively used are ethylene glycol and propylene glycol.’
    • ‘Instead, purchase animal-friendly antifreeze, which contains propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol, the center says.’
    • ‘Mercuric salts and ethylene glycol damage the kidneys.’
    • ‘Traditional treatment of ethylene glycol poisoning consists of sodium bicarbonate, ethanol, and hemodialysis.’