glycol

[ glahy-kawl, -kol ]

noun
  1. Also called ethylene glycol, ethylene alcohol. a colorless, sweet liquid, C2H6O2, used chiefly as an automobile antifreeze and as a solvent.

  2. Also called diol. any of a group of alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups.

Origin of glycol

1
First recorded in 1855–60; glyc(erin) + (alcoh)ol

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British Dictionary definitions for glycol

glycol

/ (ˈɡlaɪkɒl) /


noun
  1. another name (not in technical usage) for ethanediol, diol

Derived forms of glycol

  • glycolic or glycollic (ɡlaɪˈkɒlɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for glycol

glycol

[ glīkôl′, -kōl′ ]


  1. Any of various alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups (OH).

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