isopropyl alcohol


Definition of isopropyl alcohol 

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

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The researchers tested a batch of Acinetobacter found on NASA spacecraft by starving them of ordinary nutrients and then subjecting them to pure ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and Kleenol 30, a floor detergent. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "It Turns Out Bacteria Can Eat the Chemicals NASA Puts on Spacecraft to Kill Them," 6 June 2018 Next, take out a clean cloth, the isopropyl alcohol, and some Q-tips. Paul Sarconi, WIRED, "How to Clean Your Computer Inside and Out," 24 Apr. 2018 There's also a squeeze bottle with what looks like, um, really watery icing, the use of which required a man to pour isopropyl alcohol across the stage to clean up after. Chelsea Brasted,, "A night with Stormy Daniels in New Orleans, USA," 10 May 2018 Instead, mix in a small spray bottle a solution of half water half 70 percent isopropyl alcohol, spray down your phone and wipe clean with a soft cloth. Anne Saker,, "Flu raging through Ohio, with a third child dead; precautions you can take to stay well," 17 Jan. 2018

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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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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