men·​thol | \ ˈmen-ˌthȯl How to pronounce menthol (audio) , -ˌthōl \

Definition of menthol

1 : a crystalline alcohol C10H20O that occurs especially in mint oils and has the odor and cooling properties of peppermint
2 menthols plural : mentholated cigarettes

Examples of menthol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cherrywood, tomato-stem and slight menthol and vegetal notes work well in this wine that went well with butter chicken and vegetables. cleveland, 15 May 2022 The Food and Drug Administration is reportedly preparing to deny authorization of Juul's tobacco- and menthol-flavored products, effectively forcing the e-cigarette giant out of the US market, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 23 June 2022 The agency’s ruling against Juul capped a nearly two-year review of data that the company had submitted to try to win authorization to continue selling its tobacco and menthol-flavored products in the United States. New York Times, 23 June 2022 The marketing denial order would follow a nearly two-year review of data presented by the vaping company, which sought authorization for its tobacco- and menthol-flavored products to stay on the U.S. market. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 22 June 2022 Clean and coherent delivery of red fruit midpalate and slight menthol on the finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 Menthol 500mg CBD Salve will awaken the senses and help relieve pain and tension with a new, luxurious menthol and herbal fragrance. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Prohibiting menthol cigarettes will benefit Black Americans by reducing smoking, saving lives, and improving overall health in Black communities. Noel Cody, Essence, 29 Mar. 2022 Little menthol comes through along with a hint of spice (winery says blackcurrant). Marc Bona, cleveland, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of menthol

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for menthol

German, ultimately from Latin mentha mint

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“Menthol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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men·​thol | \ ˈmen-ˌthȯl How to pronounce menthol (audio) \

Kids Definition of menthol

: a white crystalline soothing substance from oils of mint


men·​thol | \ ˈmen-ˌthȯl How to pronounce menthol (audio) , -ˌthōl How to pronounce menthol (audio) \

Medical Definition of menthol

: a crystalline alcohol C10H20O that occurs especially in mint oils, has the odor and cooling properties of peppermint, and is used in flavoring and in medicine (as locally to relieve pain, itching, and nasal congestion)

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