menthol

noun
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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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 The Food and Drug Administration is taking the first step toward implementing a rule about the role flavors, including menthol, play in attracting users to certain tobacco products. Meg Tirrell And Angelica Lavito, USA TODAY, "FDA considers restricting menthol and other flavors from tobacco products," 20 Mar. 2018 Its board banned the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco, which voters will consider in June. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018 San Francisco voters on Tuesday passed a proposition that will ban the sale of flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes and certain vaping liquids, following a heated debate over the proposal. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "San Francisco Voters Just Approved a Ban on Flavored Tobacco," 6 June 2018 Its board banned the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco, which voters will consider in June. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018 Its board banned the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco, which voters will consider in June. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 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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menthol

noun

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

menthol

noun
men·​thol | \ˈmen-ˌthȯl \

Kids Definition of menthol

: a white crystalline soothing substance from oils of mint

menthol

noun
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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