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

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Recent Examples on the Web The vaping industry attracts kids with appealing candy, fruit, mint and menthol flavors. CBS News, "AMA calls for total ban on all vaping and e-cigarette products," 20 Nov. 2019 Only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors will remain for sale. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Juul to stop selling several flavored products in the United States," 17 Oct. 2019 Although Juul remains the dominant player in the U.S. vaping market, the company has made several concessions, including halting its advertising and pulling all its flavors except menthol and tobacco from the market. Indianapolis Star, "Indiana joins 38 other states in probe of Juul Labs vaping products," 25 Feb. 2020 The company will stop shipping all products except those formulated to taste like tobacco or menthol once the FDA’s restrictions take effect next week, according to a person familiar with the matter. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Disposable E-Cigarettes, Sweet and Fruity, Escape FDA Restrictions," 29 Jan. 2020 On Thursday, cannabis stocks were under pressure after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned all flavors of vaping products other than tobacco and menthol. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "Stocks continue gains of 2019 but Iran, vaping could influence investors," 4 Jan. 2020 Ireland Ireland is set to ban menthol and rolling tobacco May 20 as part of a four-year phasing-in period of the 2016 European Union directive on tobacco products. Nusmila Lohani, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Ireland will ban certain tobacco products, and more," 10 Apr. 2020 That plan would have banned all vaping flavors — including menthol — from all types of e-cigarettes. CBS News, "FDA bans some vaping products, including fruit and mint flavors," 2 Jan. 2020 Tobacco and vaping companies have lobbied lawmakers and the White House against banning flavors, including menthol. New York Times, "F.D.A. Plans to Ban Most E-Cigarette Flavors but Menthol," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of menthol was in 1862

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19 May 2020

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“Menthol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of menthol

: an oil made from mint that has a strong smell and that is used in candies, cigarettes, and especially medicines for sore throats


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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