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 Point a fan in your dog's direction and rub isopropyl alcohol on the dog's foot pads to help cool the dog. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2023 Rubbing alcohol is not the same as isopropyl alcohol, which has a higher concentration of alcohol. Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 31 July 2023 In this case, plan to look for a stove that uses fuels readily available around the globe like isopropyl alcohol. Chris Meehan, Popular Mechanics, 26 June 2023 To get a stain out, make a 50/50 mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water, then wipe it onto the spot with a microfiber cloth. Maya Pottiger, Washington Post, 24 May 2023 In terms of cleaning the device, Dr. Lal recommends soaking the head in 70 percent isopropyl alcohol for one minute after use and before use. ELLE, 24 Mar. 2023 Each model was cleaned with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol solution and ranked for its ability to provide a thorough clean. Lindsay Modglin, Verywell Health, 1 Mar. 2023 Wash your clothes, sheets and blankets in very hot water; get your carpets and rugs professionally cleaned; thoroughly and repeatedly vacuum probable hiding spots; and use isopropyl alcohol to wipe down furniture, walls, pictures and other belongings that can’t be cleaned in a washing machine. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Mealy bugs succumb to isopropyl alcohol. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of isopropyl alcohol was in 1872

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Cite this Entry

“Isopropyl alcohol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

isopropyl alcohol

iso·​pro·​pyl alcohol
: a flammable liquid used especially to dissolve things and as rubbing alcohol

Medical Definition

isopropyl alcohol

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

called also isopropanol

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