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noun men·thol \ˈmen-ˌthȯl, -ˌthōl\

Definition of menthol

  1. 1 :  a crystalline alcohol C10H20O that occurs especially in mint oils and has the odor and cooling properties of peppermint

  2. 2 plural :  mentholated cigarettes

Origin and Etymology of menthol

German, ultimately from Latin mentha mint


First Known Use: 1876


MENTHOL Defined for English Language Learners

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noun men·thol \ˈmen-ˌthȯl, -ˌthōl\

Definition of menthol for English Language Learners

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


MENTHOL Defined for Kids

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noun men·thol \ˈmen-ˌthȯl\

Definition of menthol for Students

  1. :  a white crystalline soothing substance from oils of mint


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noun men·thol \ˈmen-ˌthȯl, -ˌthōl\

Medical Definition of menthol

  1. :  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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