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Medical Term:

diethylene glycol

Pronunciation: dī-eth′il-ēn glī′kōl

Definition: An organic solvent chemically related to ethylene glycol. On metabolic conversion it becomes oxalic acid, which is toxic to the kidney. A sweet, viscous liquid that was used to make the infamous elixir of sulfanilamide that proved fatal to over 100 children in 1937, leading to the mandate to the FDA to monitor drug safety.