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diethylene glycol

[ dahy-eth-uh-leen glahy-kawl, ‐kol ]

noun

, Chemistry.
  1. a syrupy colorless liquid, C 4 H 10 O 3 , used as a solvent for nitrocellulose and as a fabric softener.


diethylene glycol

/ daɪˈɛθɪˌliːn ˈɡlaɪkɒl /

noun

  1. a colourless soluble, poisonous liquid used as a solvent. Formula: (C 2 H 4 OH) 2 O


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Word History and Origins

Origin of diethylene glycol1

First recorded in 1925–30; di- 1 + ethylene

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