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pentaerythritol

[pen-tuh-i-rith-ri-tawl, -tol]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C5H12O4, used chiefly in the manufacture of alkyd resins, varnishes, plasticizers, and explosives.

Origin of pentaerythritol

First recorded in 1890–95; penta- + erythritol
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