men·​thol | \ ˈmen-ˌthȯl , -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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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 Mint makes up about 35% of Juul Labs’ sales, while menthol and tobacco combined make up 10%, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Lavery. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Youth Use of E-Cigarettes Jumped 78%, Government Study Shows," 15 Nov. 2018 Reynolds also makes the next two best-selling brands: Camel and Pall Mall, both of which offer menthol variations. Meg Tirrell And Angelica Lavito, USA TODAY, "FDA considers restricting menthol and other flavors from tobacco products," 20 Mar. 2018 Created with menthol and refreshing eucalyptus, this stimulating gel provides tired muscles with a long-lasting intense cooling sensation, and can help prevent the appearance of cellulite. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Cooling Beauty Products That Beat the Heat," 7 July 2018 The tip: Soothe sunburn with menthol shaving cream, specifically Gillette Foamy Menthol. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "This DIY Sunburn Hack Involving Shaving Cream Is Going Viral — and Derms Approve of It," 27 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of menthol

: a white crystalline soothing substance from oils of mint


men·​thol | \ ˈmen-ˌthȯl , -ˌthōl \

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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