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

Examples of methanol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year, 42 people died in the state of Jalisco from drinking alcoholic beverages containing methanol. Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg.com, "Toxic Hand Sanitizers Are Sold Freely in Mexico After U.S. Ban," 9 Sep. 2020 Early signs of methanol poisoning are rapid breathing and an upset stomach. Amy Martyn, oregonlive, "17 deaths related to methanol-spiked hand sanitizer but FDA limited in actions," 6 Oct. 2020 According to a news release, the location is convenient for regional methanol customers from the Gulf Coast and other countries. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "$350M methanol plant to be built in Pleasants County," 20 Oct. 2020 Early signs of methanol poisoning are rapid breathing and an upset stomach. Amy Martyn, oregonlive, "17 deaths related to methanol-spiked hand sanitizer but FDA limited in actions," 6 Oct. 2020 Early signs of methanol poisoning are rapid breathing and an upset stomach. NBC News, "FDA warns of methanol-tainted hand sanitizer — but can't force companies to recall it," 1 Oct. 2020 The warning comes after the agency last month cautioned against any of nine brands of possibly toxic hand sanitizer that may contain methanol. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "FDA warns about 5 additional toxic hand sanitizers," 6 July 2020 That includes in the U.S., where some people were drinking hand sanitizer with methanol. National Geographic, "Is the robot future now?," 19 Aug. 2020 Most of the hand sanitizers flagged by the FDA were manufactured in Mexico and are contaminated with methanol. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "FDA warns consumers of another possible toxin in hand sanitizers," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of methanol

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of methanol was in 1894

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2 Dec 2020

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“Methanol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/methanol. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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methanol

noun
How to pronounce methanol (audio)

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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