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methanol

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noun meth·a·nol \ˈme-thə-ˌnȯl, -ˌnōl\

Simple Definition of methanol

  • : a poisonous alcohol that is used to keep liquids from freezing, as a fuel, etc.

Full Definition of methanol

  1. :  a light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol CH3OH used especially as a solvent, antifreeze, or denaturant for ethyl alcohol and in the synthesis of other chemicals


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noun meth·a·nol \ˈmeth-ə-ˌnȯl, -ˌnōl\

Medical Definition of methanol

  1. :  a light volatile pungent flammable poisonous liquid alcohol CH3OH formed in the destructive distillation of wood or made synthetically and used especially as a solvent, antifreeze, or denaturant for ethyl alcohol and in the synthesis of other chemicals—called also carbinol, methyl alcohol, wood alcohol




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