• WordNet 3.6
    • n glycerin a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some brands of toothpaste contain glycerin or glycerol, which is also an ingredient in antifreeze
    • n Glycerin (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 may be obtained by saponification of fats and oils. It is a triatomic alcohol, and hence is also called glycerol. See Note under Gelatin.☞ 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glycerin A transparent, colorless, hygroscopic liquid (C3H5(OH)3), with a sweet taste and syrupy consistence. It occurs in natural fats combined with fatty acids, and is obtained from them by saponification with alkalis or by the action of superheated steam. It is a triatomic alcohol, and dissolves the alkalis, alkaline earths, and some metallic oxids, forming compounds analogous to the alcoholates. It is used in medicine as an emollient and protective dressing, with which, from its consistence and solvent properties, many substances can be incorporated; it absorbs watery discharges, and has some astringent action. The name is also applied to mixtures of glycerin with various substances, whether involving solution or not: as, glycerin of gallic acid; glycerin of starch. It is used in the arts for a great variety of purposes: for example, in soaps and cosmetics, for preserving animal and vegetable substances, in paper-making, and in the manufacture of nitroglycerin and dynamite. Also called glycerol, glycerole, glycerina, and glycerinum.
    • n glycerin Formerly a general designation for compounds similar to glycerol in that they contain three hydroxyl groups.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. glycérine, fr. Gr. glykero`s glyky`s, sweet. Cf. Glucose Licorice


In literature:

The thread is mounted beneath a cover slip, and a drop of the stained glycerine allowed to run in.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Add glycerine, 40 c.c.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The bowels are to be moved daily by glycerin suppositories or injection of warm water.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
We can, by making two trips, carry enough glycerine to shoot the well in good style, and by midnight we should be all ready for the work.
"Ralph Gurney's Oil Speculation" by James Otis
You are mistaken, it is not nitrogen, but nitro-glycerine.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
A dressing of ichthyol and glycerine should be employed for a few days.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
Add a tiny pinch of carbonate of soda and two teaspoonfuls of glycerine.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Are gunpowder and nitro-glycerine inert?
"The Machinery of the Universe" by Amos Emerson Dolbear
As a normal solution Langemeister uses a glycerine solution of methaemoglobin prepared from pig's blood.
"Histology of the Blood" by Paul Ehrlich
The bundle of choice cigars, in each of which a charge of nitro-glycerine has been dexterously inserted?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, February 22nd, 1890" by Various

In news:

A rash of plans to produce glycol from glycerin is good news for green chemistry.
Revision of D6584 - 10ae1 Standard Test Method for Determination of Total Monoglyceride, Total Diglyceride, Total Triglyceride, and Free and Total Glycerin in B-100 Biodiesel Methyl Esters by Gas Chromatography.
Is there a catalyst that can separate glycerin .
New Test Method for Determination of Total Glycerin in Biodiesel (B-100) by Liquid Chromatography.
Rice Researcher Uses Glycerin to Produce Ethanol Thursday, June 28, 2007 By: Laurie Johnson.
Glycerin Luffa Soap, Home Typesetting Business and a Home Health Food Bakery.
Recognizes outstanding achievement for research into new applications for glycerine with particular emphasis on commercial viability.
Describing original research work in new applications and uses of glycerine .
No, that's not "Glycerine" the Killers are playing in the video above (via NME).
Achilles' Desire by Whitehorse Altrok: Altrok on 90.5 HD2 by BSR: Glycerine by Bush FMFlashback: Wicked Garden by Stone Temple Pilots.
And the adorable bee design molded onto the honey and glycerin-based bar makes using it just plain fun.
Experiment with organic, glycerin-free lubes .
My subsequent exposure to glycerin-free alternatives was my first glimpse into the wide, wet world of other lubes .
Glycerin, mineral oil, ceramides, vitamin D, and hyaluronic acid (moisturize).
Caresoft (INCI: Propanediol (and) Glycerin (and) Water ( aqua and) Curculigo Orchioides Root Extract) was created specifically for sensitive skin.

In science:

Fig. 3 : Completed 150 ml CF3I detector prototype, with new capping. Note the encapsulated microphone in the glycerin layer.
A CF3I-based SDD Prototype for Spin-independent Dark Matter Searches
The particles are suspended in a mixture of water and glycerine matched to the density of 1.05 g cm−3 of the polystyrene particles, with the liquid viscosity quite low, about η = 1.8 cP.
Suspension flows past bluff bodies: Investigation in a microfluidic environment
Most often the two parts are connected by a glycerine hinge, and the molecule is therefore called a phosphoglycerid.
Amphiphilic Membranes
The glycerine molecule which forms the hinge of the structure is shown on the top.
Amphiphilic Membranes
The sample used here is a chemically synthesized concentrated ionic ferrofluid , based on maghemite γ − F e2O3 nanoparticles dispersed in glycerin.
Growth of a dynamical correlation length in an aging superspin glass