eth·​a·​nol·​amine ˌe-thə-ˈnä-lə-ˌmēn How to pronounce ethanolamine (audio)
 British also  ˌē-
: a colorless liquid amino alcohol C2H7NO used especially as a solvent in the synthesis of detergents and in gas purification

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Although never before spotted in space, astronomers have found ethanolamine in meteorites. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ethanolamine was in 1897

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“Ethanolamine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


eth·​a·​nol·​amine ˌeth-ə-ˈnäl-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce ethanolamine (audio) -ˈnōl- How to pronounce ethanolamine (audio)
: a colorless liquid amino alcohol C2H7NO used especially as a solvent for fats and oils, as soap in emulsions (as lotions or creams) when combined with fatty acids, and in gas purification

called also monoethanolamine

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