ethanol

noun
eth·a·nol | \ˈe-thə-ˌnȯl, -ˌnōl, British also ˈē-\

Definition of ethanol 

: a colorless volatile flammable liquid C2H5OH that is the intoxicating agent in liquors and is also used as a solvent and in fuel

called also ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol

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This makes sense because the alcohol (methanol, ethanol, propanol) molecules have regions that both prefer water (hydrophilic) and regions that prefer lipids (hydrophobic). Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "DIY heated seats not worth the hassle," 10 Dec. 2017 The medical examiners office concluded Couillard died of heroin and ethanol intoxication. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis man get 6 years in prison for selling heroin that killed 20-year-old," 11 July 2018 Engineers are expected to spend six months studying the feasibility of piping carbon dioxide from White Energy's ethanol facilities in Plainview and Hereford, both located in the Texas panhandle, with operations slated to begin as soon as 2021. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Oxy considering carbon capture project," 19 June 2018 Trump campaigned on a promise to support the Renewable Fuel Standard, and his administration laid out ethanol targets that pleased corn producers last year. Andrea Drusch, star-telegram, "Cruz’s one-man energy crusade | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Mar. 2018 Iowa’s tax rate rose 0.2 cents for fuels not blended with ethanol. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Gas taxes rise Sunday in 7 states as AAA projects record travel for July 4th," 1 July 2018 But leaders from ethanol-producing states fear that Cruz, a savvy political maneuverer, could now be influencing Trump in the other direction. Andrea Drusch, star-telegram, "Cruz’s one-man energy crusade | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Mar. 2018 The opportunity to utilize the CO2 from our ethanol production process as another co-product for sale further diversifies our revenues and improves Pacific Ethanol's profitability. Mark Glover, sacbee, "Sacramento's Pacific Ethanol Inc. has deal to sell CO2 | The Sacramento Bee," 7 Mar. 2018 At its simplest, making vinegar is as easy as taking any beverage that contains ethanol, a.k.a. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make Your Own Homemade Vinegar," 19 July 2017

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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ethanol

noun
eth·a·nol | \ˈeth-ə-ˌnȯl, -ˌnōl \

Medical Definition of ethanol 

: a colorless volatile flammable liquid C2H5OH that is the intoxicating agent in liquors and is also used as a solvent

called also ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol

— see alcohol sense 1

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