bu·​ta·​nol ˈbyü-tə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce butanol (audio)
: either of two flammable isomeric alcohols C4H9OH derived from straight-chain butane

Examples of butanol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sugar fermentation makes the conversion from leftovers to butanol possible, and researchers say cars could use the fuel without modifying their engines by using a mixture of butanol and gasoline. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2010 Adding electricity resulted in a process that is not only repeatable, but can also generate complex alcohol molecules such as ethanol and butanol. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Dec. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of butanol was in 1894

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“Butanol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butanol. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


bu·​ta·​nol ˈbyüt-ᵊn-ˌȯl, -ˌōl How to pronounce butanol (audio)
: either of two butyl alcohols C4H10O derived from normal butane
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