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[glis-er-in] /ˈglɪs ər ɪn/
noun, Chemistry
Also, glycerine
[glis-er-in, -uh-reen, glis-uh-reen] /ˈglɪs ər ɪn, -əˌrin, ˌglɪs əˈrin/ (Show IPA)
Origin of glycerin
1830-40; < French glycérine, equivalent to Greek glyker(ós) sweet + -ine -in2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glycerin
  • glycerin-absolutely a sugar, or a substance similar to sugar-comes out of the tallow in this chemical change.
  • glycerin would have kept her body from drying out too much, and salicylic acid would have prevented the growth of fungi.
  • Combine the oil of rosemary, almond oil, glycerin and lanolin in the top pan of a double boiler.
  • The bones are then stained with red dye, and the brilliant beast is preserved in a jar of glycerin.
  • To track the air's motion, the team filled it with glycerin droplets produced by a smoke machine of the type used in dance clubs.
  • glycerin-absolutely a sugar, or a substance similar to sugar-comes out of the tallow in this chemical change.
  • Hand lotion contains glycerin, more useful in nitroglycerin.
  • These agents are generally macerated in alcohol-a solvent-and sometimes in water and glycerin with stabilizers.
  • In toothpaste, glycerin is used as a thickening agent.
  • Humectants, including glycerin, act by pulling water up to the surface of the skin from deep tissues.
British Dictionary definitions for glycerin


/ˈɡlɪsərɪn; ˌɡlɪsəˈriːn/
another name (not in technical usage) for glycerol
Word Origin
C19: from French glycérine, from Greek glukeros sweet + -ine-in; related to Greek glukus sweet
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Word Origin and History for glycerin

also glycerine, thick, colorless syrup, 1838, from French glycérine, coined by French chemist Michel-Eugène Chevreul (1786-1889), from Greek glykeros "sweet" (see glucose) + chemical ending -ine (2). So called for its sweet taste. Still in popular use, but in chemistry the substance now is known as glycerol.

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glycerin in Medicine

glycerin glyc·er·in or glyc·er·ine (glĭs'ər-ĭn)
Glycerol or a preparation of glycerol.

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glycerin in Science
glycerin also glycerine
See glycerol.
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