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Meaning of GLYCERIN

Pronunciation:  'glisurin

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils

GLYCERIN is a 8 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: glycerine, glycerol
 See Also: alcohol



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Glyc"er*in\, Glycerine \Glyc"er*ine\, n. [F.
glyc['e]rine, fr. Gr. glykero`s, glyky`s, sweet. Cf.
{Glucose}, {Licorice}.] (Chem.)
An oily, viscous liquid, {C3H5(OH)3}, colorless and odorless,
and with a hot, sweetish taste, existing in the natural fats
and oils as the base, combined with various acids, as oleic,
margaric, stearic, and palmitic. It is a triatomic alcohol,
and hence is also called {glycerol}. See Note under

Note: It is obtained from fats by saponification, or, on a
      large scale, by the action of superheated steam. It is
      used as an ointment, as a solvent and vehicle for
      medicines, and as an adulterant in wine, beer, etc.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A thick, sweet syrupy polysaccharide that is soluble in both water and alcohol and is a byproduct of lipid hydrolysis. It melts at 18°C and boils at 290°C, and has the chemical formula CH2OHCHOHCH2OH.