- any of a series of polymers of ethylene glycol, having a molecular weight of from about 200 to 6000, obtained by condensation of ethylene glycol or of ethylene oxide and water, used as an emulsifying agent and lubricant in ointments, creams, etc.
Origin of polyethylene glycol
First recorded in 1885–90
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- Any of a family of high molecular weight compounds that can be liquid or waxlike in consistency, are soluble in water and in many organic solvents, and are used in detergents and as emulsifiers and plasticizers.
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- Any of a family of polymers that are either colorless liquids or waxy solids and are soluble in water. They are present in many organic solvents. Polyethylene glycols are used in detergents, cosmetics, and as emulsifiers and plasticizers.
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