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 Flikr’s portable fireplace is made of concrete and needs only five ounces of isopropyl alcohol to deliver 50 minutes of burn time indoors or outdoors. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2022 Our initial antifog lenses would wear off quickly when cleaned with sanitizing chemicals like isopropyl alcohol. Rachel King, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2022 Some alcohols can be stripping to the hair—ethyl alcohol, methanol and isopropyl alcohol, to name a few. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Pack The Essentials: Stock up on face masks along with hand sanitizer and antimicrobial wipes with more than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol (as recommended by the CDC) ahead of your trip. Raval Davis, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 The same holds true for thermometers, acetaminophen, isopropyl alcohol and other basic medical supplies. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Avoid using home remedies, too, like petroleum jelly, nail polish, isopropyl alcohol or a hot match. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2021 Shortages had already begun; toilet paper, isopropyl alcohol, and disinfectant were hard to come by for months. Liz Elting, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 After powering your device down, Microsoft suggests carefully wiping the keyboard with a microfiber cloth or cotton swab dipped in an isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution that's 70% or less. Bryony Gilbey,, 28 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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29 Apr 2022

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“Isopropyl alcohol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for isopropyl alcohol

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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