Glycerin or Glycerol?

kimmo keinänen kim.kei at
Sat Jan 19 18:16:10 EST 2002

Best Matt  :

>>glycerin or glycerine n (From the dictionary ) :

a thick, sweet, odorless, colorless, or pale yellow liquid obtained from
fats and oils as a byproduct of soap manufacture. C3H8O3<<

But there's  glycerin (technical) we more often call Glycerol.
(the   ol  ending meaning  alcohol-group ).

I don't know what the cook book means. Probably vegetable-
based Glycerin for foods/pharmaceuticals.

There's also a vegetable-based Glycerin for making soaps and

The same basic molecule in all  :  C3H8O3.

With Regards
kimmo k

Matthew Smith <MatSmith1 at> wrote in message
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>         According to the _Handbook of Chemistry_, 'glycerin' is a synonym
> of 'glycerol'. Either way, it's a standard medium for storing genitalia.
> <
> Does this mean when the cookery book suggests adding a spoonful of
> glycerine to the Chrismas cake icing mix that the recipe is calling for a
> spoonful of antifreeze??.  I was always under the impression that the two
> were different.  Glycerin you can get in the UK from a cookshop or
> pharmacy.  Glycerol you have to go to a chemical supply house.
> Still baffled
> Matt
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