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polyethylene glycol

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noun Chemistry.
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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Origin of polyethylene glycol

First recorded in 1885–90

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Scientific definitions for polyethylene glycol

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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