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[dahy-awl, -ol]
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noun Chemistry.
  1. glycol(def 2).
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Origin of diol

First recorded in 1920–25; di-1 + -ol1
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British Dictionary definitions for diol


  1. chem any of a class of alcohols that have two hydroxyl groups in each moleculeAlso called: glycol, dihydric alcohol
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Word Origin

from di- 1 + (alcoh) ol
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diol in Science


[dīôl, -ŏl]
  1. An alcohol containing two hydroxyl groups per molecule.
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