Definition of diethylene glycol in English:

diethylene glycol

noun

Chemistry
  • [mass noun] A colourless soluble liquid used as a solvent and antifreeze.

    • ‘Unfortunately, the new product the company distributed contained diethylene glycol, an antifreeze and poison.’
    • ‘Other glycols are also used in polymer production; for example, tetramethylene glycol is used to produce polyesters, and diethylene glycol is used in the manufacture of polyurethane and unsaturated polyester resins.’
    • ‘A number of incidents were reported involving diethylene glycol that triggered the need for guidelines for distribution and trade related quality.’
    • ‘While it's true that some Austrian winemakers were caught adding an illicit sweetening agent in 1985, the substance in question was diethylene glycol, not ethylene glycol.’
    • ‘Analyses designed to sniff out diethylene glycol demonstrated just how much of this Austrian wine had been used to bolster sweet wines labelled as 100 per cent German.’

Pronunciation:

diethylene glycol

/-θ(ə)l-//dʌɪˈɛθɪliːn/