menthol


men·thol

noun \ˈmen-ˌthl, -ˌthōl\

: an oil made from mint that has a strong smell and that is used in candies, cigarettes, and especially medicines for sore throats

Full Definition of MENTHOL

1
:  a crystalline alcohol C10H20O that occurs especially in mint oils and has the odor and cooling properties of peppermint
2
plural :  mentholated cigarettes

Origin of MENTHOL

German, ultimately from Latin mentha mint
First Known Use: 1876

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men·thol

noun \ˈmen-ˌthl, -ˌthōl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MENTHOL

: a crystalline alcohol C10H20O that occurs especially in mint oils, has the odor and cooling properties of peppermint, and is used in flavoring and in medicine (as locally to relieve pain, itching, and nasal congestion)

menthol

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Crystalline organic compound of the isoprenoid family. It has a strong, minty, cooling odour and taste. It is obtained from the oil of the Japanese mint or made synthetically and is used in cigarettes, cosmetics, chest rubs, cough drops, toothpastes, and flavourings. Of its two optical isomers (see optical activity; isomerism), only l-menthol has the desirable cooling effect.

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