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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Recent Examples on the Web There’s been a sharp increase in hand sanitizers labeled to contain ethanol -- also called ethyl alcohol -- but which actually contain methanol, according to a Tuesday warning from the Ohio Department of Health. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Ohio Department of Health says to dispose of dangerous brands of hand sanitizer," 7 July 2020 But ever resilient, industry leaders have now stepped up production for products like high-grade ethyl alcohol used for hand sanitizer. Glenn Minnis, Washington Examiner, "CEO reflects on ethanol industry crises a year after Trump visit," 25 June 2020 Depending on the brand, the pepper extract may be mixed with water, alcohol, or organic solvents like ethyl alcohol, according to a 1999 review in the North Carolina Medical Journal. Popular Science, "How to handle a pepper spray attack," 12 June 2020 Instacart’s spokesperson says the company worked with a third-party manufacturer to create the hand sanitizer, using a formula which includes 65 percent ethyl alcohol, water, and glycerin. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Instacart Workers Are Still Waiting for Those Safety Supplies," 18 Apr. 2020 The most commonly used active ingredients in hand sanitizer are ethyl alcohol, or ethanol; isopropyl alcohol, which is found in rubbing alcohol; and benzalkonium chloride, which is commonly used in alcohol-free sanitizers. Ian Richardson, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No, hand sanitizer won't harm your pets if they lick your hand after you use it," 20 Mar. 2020 Many of them contain ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or a bit of bleach as their active agent. Katherine J. Wu, Popular Science, "Everything you need to know about cleaning public surfaces in a pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 Gojo’s website states that its hand sanitizers are 70 percent ethyl alcohol. Julie Creswell, New York Times, "‘Where Do I Find Your Hand Sanitizer?’ Sorry, We Have None.," 29 Feb. 2020 The hand sanitizer placed in the student’s mouth was Up and Up Hand Sanitizer, which is composed primarily of ethyl alcohol and intended to decrease bacteria on the skin. Andrew Marra, USA TODAY, "Florida teacher suspended for washing out student’s mouth with hand sanitizer," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of ethyl alcohol

1850, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jul 2020

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“Ethyl alcohol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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