One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A colourless viscous hygroscopic liquid used as an antifreeze, in the manufacture of polyesters, and in the preservation of ancient waterlogged timbers.
Alternative name: ethanediol; chemical formula: CH₂(OH)CH₂OH
- ‘Polyesters were first produced in England in 1941 by condensing ethylene glycol with terephthalic acid.’
- ‘Two of the coolants extensively used are ethylene glycol and propylene glycol.’
- ‘Traditional treatment of ethylene glycol poisoning consists of sodium bicarbonate, ethanol, and hemodialysis.’
- ‘Mercuric salts and ethylene glycol damage the kidneys.’
- ‘Instead, purchase animal-friendly antifreeze, which contains propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol, the center says.’
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