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glycerin


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Glycerin  \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 
  {Gelatin}. 
 
  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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  glycerin 
  n  :  a  glyceryl  ester  obtained  by  saponification  of  fats  and  oils 
  [syn:  {glycerine},  {glycerol}] 




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