glycol

[glahy-kawl, -kol]
noun
1.
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.
2.
Also called diol. any of a group of alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups.

Origin:
1855–60; glyc(erin) + (alcoh)ol

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glycol (ˈɡlaɪkɒl)
 
n
ethanediol another name (not in technical usage) for diol
 
glycolic
 
adj
 
glycollic
 
adj

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glycol gly·col (glī'kôl', -kōl')
n.

  1. Any of various alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups.

  2. Ethylene glycol.

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glycol   (glī'kôl', -kōl')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. See ethylene glycol.

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


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Example sentences
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.
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