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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Polietilenoglicol

Polyethylene glycol (PAH-lee-EH-thih-leen GLY-kol)
A polymer made by joining molecules of ethylene oxide and water together in a repeating pattern. Polyethylene glycol can be a liquid or a waxy solid. In medicine, forms of polyethylene glycol can be used in ointments, in drugs or substances to make them stay in the body longer, or in laxatives. Also called PEG.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.