glycerin

[ glis-er-in ]
/ ˈglɪs ər ɪn /
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noun Chemistry.

Also glyc·er·ine [glis-er-in, -uh-reen, glis-uh-reen] /ˈglɪs ər ɪn, -əˌrin, ˌglɪs əˈrin/.

Origin of glycerin

1830–40; < French glycérine, equivalent to Greek glyker(ós) sweet + -ine -in2
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Word Origin and History for glycerin

glycerin


n.

also glycerine, thick, colorless syrup, 1838, from French glycérine, coined by French chemist Michel-Eugène Chevreul (1786-1889), from Greek glykeros "sweet" (see glucose) + chemical ending -ine (2). So called for its sweet taste. Still in popular use, but in chemistry the substance now is known as glycerol.

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Medicine definitions for glycerin

glycerin


n.

Glycerol or a preparation of glycerol.
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Science definitions for glycerin

glycerin


See glycerol.
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