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ethane-1,2-diol


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A colourless viscous hygroscopic liquid, CH2OHCH2OH; m.p. –11.5°C; b.p. 198°C. It is made by hydrolysis of epoxyethane (from ethene) and used as an antifreeze and a raw material for making polyesters (e.g. Terylene).

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