any of a series of polymers of ethylene glycol, having a molecular weight of from about 200 to 6000, obtained by condensation of ethylene glycol or of ethylene oxide and water, used as an emulsifying agent and lubricant in ointments, creams, etc.
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How to use polyethylene glycol in a sentence
Based on polyethylene glycol, the gel is completely synthetic and can be produced easily and consistently in the lab, a challenge with some of the gels available now.
As health officials point out, polyethylene glycol, despite a similar name, isn’t antifreeze’s active ingredient.The Bonkers Lawsuit to Stop the Pentagon’s Vaccine Mandate | Adam Rawnsley | September 30, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Vaccine doubters quickly reached for justification in terms of both existing science around rare allergenic responses to polyethylene glycol in the vaccine, as well as conspiracy theories relating to government control and a pandemic hoax.
The risk is obviously highest for people who have known allergies to polyethylene glycol and they should probably avoid taking the mRNA vaccines.Here’s what we know about the risks of serious side effects from COVID-19 vaccines | Tina Hesman Saey | June 1, 2021 | Science News
Scientific definitions for polyethylene glycol
Any of a family of polymers that are either colorless liquids or waxy solids and are soluble in water. They are present in many organic solvents. Polyethylene glycols are used in detergents, cosmetics, and as emulsifiers and plasticizers.
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