methanol

noun
meth·​a·​nol | \ ˈme-thə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce methanol (audio) , -ˌnōl\

Definition of methanol

: a light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol CH3OH used especially as a solvent, antifreeze, or denaturant for ethanol and in the synthesis of other chemicals

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Costa Rica's national health ministry issued a warning after 19 people died after consuming alcohol with toxic levels of methanol. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Costa Rica: Tainted alcohol death toll rises to 20; 41 people affected overall," 22 July 2019 Different people can find different concentrations of methanol deadly, Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health said. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Tainted alcohol has led to 19 deaths in Costa Rica, authorities say," 20 July 2019 Poole conducted the experiment, known as the Rainbow, at the prestigious Manhattan school with a gallon jug of methanol. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "He was engulfed in flames when a school chemistry experiment erupted. He just won $60M.," 2 July 2019 As forensic scientist Lawrence Kobilinsky told The Cut, many of the victims’ symptoms might suggest methanol poisoning. Stephie Grob Plante, Vox, "Tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic are sparking concern among travelers," 26 June 2019 Overall, 59 people have been hospitalized for methanol poisonings, per data from the Health Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health. Gina Martinez, Time, "Costa Rica Confirms 2 More Suspected Alcohol Poisoning Deaths, Raising Death Toll to 25," 19 Aug. 2019 Making methanol is a halfway point in our reaction, tacking one oxygen atom onto each methane molecule. Rob Jackson, Scientific American, "To Fight Climate Change, We Should Actually Add Carbon Dioxide to the Atmosphere," 31 July 2019 The Ministry of Health advised against consuming alcohol from a number of brands because samples had tested positive for methanol adulteration. CNN, "Tainted alcohol kills 19 in Costa Rica, ministry says, urging caution," 21 July 2019 Sellers may add methanol to increase their alcohol’s potency. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Tainted alcohol has led to 19 deaths in Costa Rica, authorities say," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of methanol

1894, in the meaning defined above

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methanol

noun

English Language Learners Definition of methanol

technical : a poisonous alcohol that is used to keep liquids from freezing, as a fuel, etc.

methanol

noun
meth·​a·​nol | \ ˈmeth-ə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce methanol (audio) , -ˌnōl How to pronounce methanol (audio) \

Medical Definition of methanol

: a light volatile pungent flammable poisonous liquid alcohol CH3OH formed in the destructive distillation of wood or made synthetically and used especially as a solvent, antifreeze, or denaturant for ethanol and in the synthesis of other chemicals

called also carbinol, methyl alcohol, wood alcohol

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