ethyl alcohol


Definition of ethyl alcohol 

: ethanol Denatured alcohol is simply ethyl alcohol that has been mixed with toxic or nauseating substances, called denaturants (these prevent the alcohol from being consumed).— Martha Stewart

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The brainless, gutted specimen rests in a large tank filled with ethyl alcohol at the Smithsonian’s Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland. Lynne Parenti, Smithsonian, "How the Smithsonian’s Coelacanth Lost Its Brain and Got It Back Again," 14 Mar. 2018 One of their ingredients was denatured ethyl alcohol, which is very common in perfumes. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "Don’t Buy Into Toxic 'Toxin-Free' Marketing," 13 Oct. 2017 In the run-up to September’s Eid holiday, a religious festival that coincided this year with a national holiday, Turkish newspapers reported that supplies of ethyl alcohol, a key ingredient for home-mixed raki, was selling out. Washington Post, "Climbing taxes ferment Turkey’s home-made booze," 26 Oct. 2017

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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