ethyl alcohol


Definition of ethyl alcohol

: a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid C2H5OH that is the intoxicating agent in liquors and is also used as a solvent and in fuel : 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 Made from ethyl alcohol, plant-based compounds and other natural ingredients known to have virucidal properties, this citrus-scented liquid formula fights germs and can help reduce the risk of infection.— J. P. Anderson When yeast cells, either cultivated or wild, come into contact with fresh must, especially that of grapes, and metabolize the must's complex natural sugars, ethyl alcohol is created. — advertisement in The New York Times Magazine

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Recent Examples on the Web Germ-X Hand sanitizer has 62 percent ethyl alcohol and also contains vitamin E to moisturize hands. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 12 Mar. 2021 This gel hand sanitizer is made with 70% ethyl alcohol (ethanol) — which is one of three active ingredients approved by the FDA for use in a consumer hand sanitizer. Birnur Aral, Ph.d., Good Housekeeping, 6 Apr. 2021 With 67% ethyl alcohol, these picks also fit the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Protection, which recommends using hand sanitizers that contain 60% or more alcohol. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2021 This hand sanitizer by Shopping reader-favorite brand Touchland is another spray option and includes 67 percent ethyl alcohol. Shari Uyehara, NBC News, 19 Mar. 2021 These ethyl alcohol wipes, come in packs of 50 and are highly rated by customers, thanks to the generous 75% alcohol content and value for dollar. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2021 Hand sanitizer has become highly sought after during the coronavirus pandemic, especially brands like Germ-X, which has 63 percent ethyl alcohol. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 30 Dec. 2020 Unfortunately, unscrupulous companies have mixed up some batches of hand sanitizer made with toxic methanol instead of ethyl alcohol. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 24 Dec. 2020 Ultimately, the Reaction Motors turbo pump became stalled in development, so another 4-chamber Reaction Motors engine, this one fueled by liquid oxygen and diluted ethyl alcohol, was slated for installation. Chuck Yeager, Popular Mechanics, 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ethyl alcohol

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Ethyl alcohol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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