ge·​ra·​ni·​ol jə-ˈrā-nē-ˌȯl How to pronounce geraniol (audio) -ˌōl How to pronounce geraniol (audio)
: a fragrant liquid unsaturated alcohol C10H18O used chiefly in perfumes and soap

Examples of geraniol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, terpenes, a class of plant molecules that are responsible for the aroma of everything from citrus oils (limonene, for ex- ample) to flowers (the geraniol in geraniums) to cannabis and hemp (myrcene is the most common) may also give our brain a boost. Brian Underwood, Women's Health, 4 Sep. 2023 Made with essential oils such as geraniol and citronella, this collar is a safe and non-toxic alternative to traditional chemical treatments. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 30 June 2023 This motivated Boachon and his colleagues to figure out where roses get the GPP to make geraniol. Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, Popular Science, 3 May 2023 Specially developed with an exclusive blend of citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, cedar, and geraniol essential oils, this gentle-yet-effective cleanser repels lice and super lice and nourishes your hair simultaneously. Alena Hall, Verywell Health, 6 Mar. 2023 Ingredients in Jean Nate body powder include talc, kaolin, fragrance, limonene, linalool, hydroxycitronellol, geraniol, citronellol and coumarin. Atlanta Life, ajc, 18 July 2017

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary, from New Latin Geranium

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of geraniol was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Geraniol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


ge·​ra·​ni·​ol jə-ˈrān-ē-ˌȯl How to pronounce geraniol (audio) -ˌōl How to pronounce geraniol (audio)
: a fragrant liquid unsaturated alcohol C10H18O that occurs both free and combined in many essential oils (as citronella oil) and is used chiefly in perfumes and in soap

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