methanol


meth·a·nol

noun \ˈme-thə-ˌnl, -ˌnōl\

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

Full Definition of METHANOL

:  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

Origin of METHANOL

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1894

meth·a·nol

noun \ˈmeth-ə-ˌnl, -ˌnōl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of METHANOL

: 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

methanol

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Simplest of the alcohols, chemical formula CHOH. Once produced by destructive distillation of wood, it is now usually made from the methane in natural gas. Methanol is an important industrial material; its derivatives are used in great quantities for making a vast number of compounds, among them many important synthetic dyes, resins, drugs, and perfumes. It is also used in automotive antifreezes, in rocket fuels, and as a solvent. It is flammable and explosive. A clean-burning fuel, it may substitute (at least in part) for gasoline. It is also used for denaturation of ethanol. A violent poison, it causes blindness and eventually death when drunk.

Variants of METHANOL

methanol or methyl alcohol or wood alcohol

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