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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In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration banned all flavors except menthol in combustible cigarettes. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Lawmakers are trying to regulate e-cigarette flavors," 1 Aug. 2018 In fact, many of them also come with ingredients like arnica, menthol, or camphor, which may all provide a more immediate sensation of soothing or pain relief. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Do Topical CBD Products Actually Do Anything for Pain?," 19 Apr. 2019 These patches also have camphor, menthol, and methyl salicylate in them (think: Icy Hot), which likely adds to the relief. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 The agency will also take aim at flavored cigars and menthol-flavored cigarettes in an effort to keep kids from getting hooked on any products that contain nicotine. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A spike in underage vaping prompts FDA to restrict flavored e-cigarette products," 15 Nov. 2018 Stay clear from flavored lip balms that contain mint, menthol, or cinnamon. Talia Abbas, SELF, "We Asked Derms How to Keep Dry Lips Moisturized During Winter and Here’s What They Told Us," 11 Dec. 2018 In 2016, menthols represented about half of Reynolds’s $12.5 billion revenue. Jennifer Maloney And Tom Mcginty, WSJ, "FDA Seeks Ban on Menthol Cigarettes," 15 Nov. 2018 Also avoid products that contain any kind of harsh ingredients like alcohol, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor, and lemon or lime, as well as synthetic fragrances. Molly Nover-baker, Redbook, "How to Get Rid of Annoying Acne, So You Don't Have to Feel Like a Miserable Teenager," 27 Dec. 2016 According to Kibildis, the culprit ingredients that could be causing pimples incude baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol, essential oils and menthol. Alexandra Tunell, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Surprising Reasons You Have Acne," 26 June 2015

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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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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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