Glycerol As A Triol

Describe glycerol as a triol and identify its systematic name

  • Trihydric alcohols (also called triols) are compounds that have three hydroxyl groups in them.
  • Glycerol is the simplest example of a triol. Glycerol molecules consist of a three-carbon chain with one hydroxyl group attached to each Carbon.
  • The root of the name glycerol, glyco, means “sweet.”