Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A syrupy, sweet, colorless or yellowish liquid triol, C3H8O3, obtained from fats and oils as a byproduct of saponification and used as a solvent, antifreeze, plasticizer, and sweetener and in the manufacture of dynamite, cosmetics, liquid soaps, inks, and lubricants.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as glycerin.
  • noun Same as glycerite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) Same as glycerin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun organic chemistry 1,2,3-trihydroxy-propane or propan-1,2,3-triol; a trihydric alcohol
  • noun A syrupy sweet liquid obtained as a by-product in the manufacture of soap from animal or vegetable oils and fats; it is used as an antifreeze, a plasticizer, and a food sweetener and in the manufacture of dynamite, cosmetics etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[glycer(in) + –ol.]

Examples

  • Many details of Lenin's maintenance are still closely held by this scientific priesthood, but it is known that every eighteen months the body is removed from the mausoleum and submerged for thirty days in glycerol and potassium acetate.

    Wonders Never Cease

  • Many details of Lenin's maintenance are still closely held by this scientific priesthood, but it is known that every eighteen months the body is removed from the mausoleum and submerged for thirty days in glycerol and potassium acetate.

    Wonders Never Cease

  • We found that it is easily dissolved in glycerol and that by injecting this glycerol solution, the symptoms of Physalia poisoning are reproduced.

    Charles Richet - Nobel Lecture

  • "It's a molecule called glycerol, which is made by yeast during fermentation."

    News

  • An enzyme called glycerol-3-phosphatedehydrogenase is critical for synthesizing fatty acids in our bodies.

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  • An enzyme called glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase facilitates the conversion of glucose into triglycerides that increase adipocyte size.

    Wil's Ebay E-Store

  • An enzyme called glycerol-3-phosphatedehydrogenase is critical for synthesizing fatty acids in our bodies.

    Wil's Ebay E-Store

  • An enzyme called glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase facilitates the conversion of glucose into triglycerides that increase adipocyte size.

    Wil's Ebay E-Store

  • An enzyme called glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase facilitates the conversion of glucose into triglycerides that increase adipocyte size.

    Wil's Ebay E-Store

  • An enzyme called glycerol-3-phosphatedehydrogenase is critical for synthesizing fatty acids in our bodies.

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