Definition of glycerin in English:


(also glycerine)


another term for glycerol
  • ‘Moisturizers contain humectants, such as glycerin, methyl glucose esters, lanolin, or mineral oil, that replace oils in the skin and promote its effectiveness as a moisture barrier.’
  • ‘The transesterification reaction breaks the link between the fatty acid and glycerine, using base catalysis and an alcohol.’
  • ‘Castor oil is also a source of glycerine, and the combination of glycerine and hydroxy fatty acids makes it an excellent emollient and pigment carrier.’
  • ‘The glycerin (another name of for glycerol) is removed from the system, and soap is isolated by using centrifugation and neutralization processes.’
  • ‘Make a mixture with equal parts glycerine, methylated spirits and milk.’


Mid 19th century from French glycerin, from Greek glukeros ‘sweet’.



/ˈɡlisərən/ /ˈɡlɪsərən/