Definition of diethylene glycol in English:

diethylene glycol

noun

mass nounChemistry
  • A colourless soluble liquid used as a solvent and antifreeze.

    Chemical formula: (C₂H₄OH)₂O

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the new product the company distributed contained diethylene glycol, an antifreeze and poison.’
    • ‘A number of incidents were reported involving diethylene glycol that triggered the need for guidelines for distribution and trade related quality.’
    • ‘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

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