Definition of Glycerin

1. Noun. A sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils.

Exact synonyms: Glycerine, Glycerol
Generic synonyms: Alcohol
Derivative terms: Glycerolize

Definition of Glycerin

1. n. 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 Gelatin.

Definition of Glycerin

1. Noun. (organic compound) (alternative spelling of glycerine) (glycerol) a chemical used in bubble-making and cooking. ¹

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Definition of Glycerin

1. a glycerol [n -S] : GLYCERIC [adj] - See also: glycerol

Medical Definition of Glycerin

1. Synonym: glycerol. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Glycerin

glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate
glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase
glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate phosphatase
glyceraldehydephosphate dehydrogenase
glyceric acid
glyceric aldehyde
glycerin (current term)
glycerin jelly
glycerin suppository
glycerinated gelatin
glycerinated tincture

Literary usage of Glycerin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. American Druggist (1887)
"The Question of the Volatility of glycerin. O. HEHNER had already on a former occasion made the statement that when a dilute solution of glycerin is heated ..."

2. A Manual of pharmacology and its applications to therapeutics and toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1917)
"glycerin Therapeutic Uses.—This acts both as emollient and demulcent. ... Concentrated glycerin abstracts water, so that the soothing action is preceded by ..."

3. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1870)
"most convenient arrangement, it is found that the products which flow from the hottest of the condensers are for the most part free from water and glycerin, ..."

4. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1912)
"Other commercial qualities of distilled glycerin need only be ... The dynamite glycerin quality is used exclusively for purposes of making nitroglycerin. ..."

5. The Analyst (1887)
"A white wine, containing 8'54 per cent, of alcohol and 2-07 per cent, solid matter, gave in 100 cc 1-4 grammes crude glycerin with •1278 ash. ..."

6. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"In the ordinary process of soap-making the glycerin remains dissolved in the aqueous liquors ... glycerin was discovered in 1779 by KW Scheele and named ..."

7. Chemical Technology and Analysis of Oils, Fats, and Waxes by Julius Lewkowitsch (1904)
"CHEMICALLY PURE glycerin The distilled glycerins described under No. 2 still contain impurities which render them unfit for pharmaceutical purposes. ..."

8. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"This arises from the tendency of the glycerin to char on heating, ... Here the saponification and destruction of glycerin are largely effected by the ..."

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