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[glahy-kawl, -kol] /ˈglaɪ kɔl, -kɒl/
Also called ethylene glycol, ethylene alcohol. a colorless, sweet liquid, C 2 H 6 O 2 , used chiefly as an automobile antifreeze and as a solvent.
Also called diol. any of a group of alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups.
Origin of glycol
1855-60; glyc(erin) + (alcoh)ol Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glycol
  • Finally, it's dried and sealed with a glycol- and alcohol-based finishing solution.
  • Ethylene glycol is used in automotive applications but is pretty toxic to living tissues.
  • Exposure to large amounts of ethylene glycol can damage the kidneys, heart, and nervous system.
  • Propylene glycol is also used to make polyester compounds, and as a base for deicing solutions.
British Dictionary definitions for glycol


another name (not in technical usage) for ethanediol, diol
Derived Forms
glycolic, glycollic (ɡlaɪˈkɒlɪk) adjective
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glycol in Medicine

glycol gly·col (glī'kôl', -kōl')

  1. Any of various alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups.

  2. Ethylene glycol.

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glycol in Science
  (glī'kôl', -kōl')   
  1. See ethylene glycol.

  2. Any of various alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups (OH).

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