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glycerol

Pronunciation: glis'er-ol

Definition: A sweet viscous fluid obtained by the saponification of fats and fixed oils; used as a solvent, as a skin emollient, by injection or in the form of suppository for constipation, and as a vehicle and sweetening agent.

Synonym(s): 1,2,3-propanetriol, glycerin, glycerite1, glyceryl alcohol

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