isopropyl alcohol


Definition of isopropyl alcohol

: a volatile flammable alcohol C3H8O used especially as a solvent and rubbing alcohol

Examples of isopropyl alcohol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use a drop or two of isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab and wipe it on the insects to remove them. Tim Johnson,, "Mealybugs can put houseplants in a sticky situation — here’s how to get rid of them," 27 Dec. 2020 Remove the batteries and replace the cover, and then dampen a cloth with 70% isopropyl alcohol or grab a disinfecting wipe. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Should Clean At Home After Someone Has Been Sick," 11 Dec. 2020 Likewise diaper sales were up 28%, isopropyl alcohol sales were up 20% and Pine-Sol sales were up 10%. Shwanika Narayan,, "Here’s what the Bay Area and California stay-at-home orders mean for grocery shopping," 4 Dec. 2020 Seeking to ease Jack’s pain, Joe walks the unnaturally quiet Queens streets in search of isopropyl alcohol, zinc, vitamin C tablets and Tylenol. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 Then, use a disinfecting wipe or a cotton ball dampened with 70% isopropyl alcohol and swab all sides of the switch and backplate. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "7 Unexpected Places Germs Congregate," 10 Nov. 2020 Next, rinse the rust remover out of the chip with isopropyl alcohol. Paul Wright, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Car Paint Chips," 13 Nov. 2020 Most rubbing alcohols are 70% isopropyl alcohol, but concentrations can range from 60-99%. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, "The Right Way to Kill Coronavirus Germs, According to Cleaning Experts," 7 July 2020 How to Disinfect the Outside of Your AirPods Clorox wipes or a 70-percent isopropyl alcohol wipe can be used to gently wipe the exterior of your AirPods (not the mesh speaker). Ashley Leath, Country Living, "How To Clean AirPods," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of isopropyl alcohol

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of isopropyl alcohol was in 1872

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11 Jan 2021

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“Isopropyl alcohol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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isopropyl alcohol


Medical Definition of isopropyl alcohol

: a volatile flammable alcohol C3H8O used especially as a solvent and rubbing alcohol

called also isopropanol

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