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English definition of “glycerine”


noun [U] (US also glycerin)     /ˈɡlɪs.ər.iːn/ /-ɪn/ US  /-ɚ.rɪn/
a sweet, thick, clear liquid used in making explosives and medicines and for making food sweet → Compare nitroglycerineSpecific chemicals, chemical compounds and gasesSubstances and structures in the bodyTypes of chemical
(Definition of glycerine noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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