polyoxyethylene

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English[edit]

Polyethylene glycol, HO-CH2-(CH2-O-CH2-)n-CH2-OH, a specific kind of polyoxyethylene.

Noun[edit]

polyoxyethylene (plural polyoxyethylenes)

  1. (chemistry) any polymer of ethylene glycol having a general formula HO-(CH2CH2O)n-H; they are used in the manufacture of emulsifiers

Usage notes[edit]

  • The degree of polymerization is sometimes indicated with a numerical suffix in brackets

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