One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for glycerol
- ‘Moisturizers contain humectants, such as glycerin, methyl glucose esters, lanolin, or mineral oil, that replace oils in the skin and promote its effectiveness as a moisture barrier.’
- ‘The transesterification reaction breaks the link between the fatty acid and glycerine, using base catalysis and an alcohol.’
- ‘Castor oil is also a source of glycerine, and the combination of glycerine and hydroxy fatty acids makes it an excellent emollient and pigment carrier.’
- ‘Make a mixture with equal parts glycerine, methylated spirits and milk.’
- ‘The glycerin (another name of for glycerol) is removed from the system, and soap is isolated by using centrifugation and neutralization processes.’
Mid 19th century: from French glycerin, from Greek glukeros ‘sweet’.
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