noun Chemistry.
Also, glycerine [glis-er-in, -uh-reen, glis-uh-reen] .

1830–40; < French glycérine, equivalent to Greek glyker(ós) sweet + -ine -in2 Unabridged


[glis-uh-rawl, -rol]
a colorless, odorless, syrupy, sweet liquid, C 3 H 8 O 3 , usually obtained by the saponification of natural fats and oils: used for sweetening and preserving food, in the manufacture of cosmetics, perfumes, inks, and certain glues and cements, as a solvent and automobile antifreeze, and in medicine in suppositories and skin emollients.
Also called glycerin, glycerine.

1880–85; glycer(in) + -ol1 Unabridged
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glycerine or glycerin (ˈɡlɪsərɪn, ˌɡlɪsəˈriːn, ˈɡlɪsərɪn)
another name (not in technical usage) for glycerol
[C19: from French glycérine, from Greek glukeros sweet + -ine-in; related to Greek glukus sweet]
glycerin or glycerin
[C19: from French glycérine, from Greek glukeros sweet + -ine-in; related to Greek glukus sweet]

glycerol (ˈɡlɪsəˌrɒl)
glycerine, Also called (not in technical usage): glycerin a colourless or pale yellow odourless sweet-tasting syrupy liquid; 1,2,3-propanetriol: a by-product of soap manufacture, used as a solvent, antifreeze, plasticizer, and sweetener (E422). Formula: C3H8O3
[C19: from glycer(ine) + -ol1]

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Word Origin & History

1838, from Fr. glycérine, coined by Fr. chemist Michel-Eugène Chevreul (1786-1889), from Gk. glykeros "sweet." So called for its taste.
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glycerin glyc·er·in or glyc·er·ine (glĭs'ər-ĭn)
Glycerol or a preparation of glycerol.

glycerol glyc·er·ol (glĭs'ə-rôl', -rōl')
A sweet syrupy fluid obtained by the saponification of fats and fixed oils, used as a solvent, a skin emollient, and as a vehicle and sweetening agent; it is also used by injection or in suppository form for constipation and orally to reduce ocular tension.

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glycerin also glycerine   (glĭs'ər-ĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
See glycerol.
glycerol   (glĭs'ə-rôl')  Pronunciation Key 
A sweet, syrupy liquid obtained from animal fats and oils or by the fermentation of glucose. It is used as a solvent, sweetener, and antifreeze and in making explosives and soaps. Glycerol consists of a propane molecule attached to three hydroxyl (OH) groups. Also called glycerin, glycerine. Chemical formula: C3H8O3.
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