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propylene glycol

noun, Chemistry
a colorless, viscous, hygroscopic liquid, C 3 H 8 O, used chiefly as a lubricant, as an antifreeze, as a heat transfer fluid, and as a solvent for fats, oils, waxes, and resins.
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1880-85 Unabridged
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propylene glycol

a colourless viscous hydroscopic sweet-tasting compound used as an antifreeze and brake fluid. Formula: CH3CH(OH)CH2OH Systematic name 1,2-dihydroxypropane
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propylene-glycol in Science
propylene glycol  
A colorless, viscous liquid used in antifreeze solutions, in hydraulic fluids, and as a solvent. Unlike ethylene glycol, it is not toxic and is also used in foods, cosmetics, and oral hygiene products. Chemical formula: C3H8O2.
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