ethanol

noun

eth·​a·​nol ˈe-thə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce ethanol (audio) -ˌnōl How to pronounce ethanol (audio)
 British also  ˈē-
: 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

Examples of ethanol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ethyl ester: This is one of the most common forms of fish oil in supplements and medications and is created by exposing the fish oil to ethanol to remove contaminants and concentrate the EPA and DHA. Tamar Kane, Ms, Rd, Verywell Health, 6 June 2024 Official documents from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office revealed the late actress had cocaine, methadone, ethanol and opiates in her system. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 28 May 2024 The report notes a contributing factor in his death was ethanol intoxication, otherwise known as alcohol poisoning. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 15 May 2024 More than 98% of U.S. gasoline contains ethanol, and 94% of domestic ethanol is made from corn starch. Karina Atkins, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ethanol 

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ethanol was in 1892

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“Ethanol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethanol. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

ethanol

noun
eth·​a·​nol ˈeth-ə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce ethanol (audio)
-ˌnōl
: a colorless flammable easily evaporated liquid that is used to dissolve things and that is the substance in fermented and distilled liquors that can make one drunk

called also ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol

Medical Definition

ethanol

noun
eth·​a·​nol ˈeth-ə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce ethanol (audio) -ˌnōl How to pronounce ethanol (audio)
: 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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