polyethylene glycol

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polyethylene

 [pol″e-eth´ĭ-lēn]
polymerized ethylene, (—CH2—CH2—)n, a synthetic plastic material, forms of which have been used in reparative surgery.
polyethylene glycol a polymer of ethylene oxide and water, available in liquid form (polyethylene glycol 300 or 400) or as waxy solids (polyethylene glycol 1540 or 4000), used in various pharmaceutical preparations as a water-soluble ointment base. Polyethylene glycol is also used as a laxative.

polyethylene glycol

n.
Any of a family of high molecular weight liquids and waxes that are condensation polymers of ethylene glycol, are soluble in water and in many organic solvents, and are used in detergents, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals and as emulsifiers, lubricants, and plasticizers.

polyethylene glycol

A substance used with other ingredients to be used as a laxative. Brand names are Klean-prep and Movicol.