[ glahy-kawl, -kol ]
/ ˈglaɪ kɔl, -kɒl /


Also called ethylene glycol, ethylene alcohol. a colorless, sweet liquid, C2H6O2, used chiefly as an automobile antifreeze and as a solvent.
Also called diol. any of a group of alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups.


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Origin of glycol

First recorded in 1855–60; glyc(erin) + (alcoh)ol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for glycol

/ (ˈɡlaɪkɒl) /


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

Derived forms of glycol

glycolic or glycollic (ɡlaɪˈkɒlɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for glycol

[ glīkôl′, -kōl′ ]


Any of various alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups.
Ethylene glycol.
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Scientific definitions for glycol

[ glīkôl′, -kōl′ ]

See ethylene glycol.
Any of various alcohols containing two hydroxyl groups (OH).
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