methanol

noun
meth·a·nol | \ˈme-thə-ˌnȯl, -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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The biggest news was a bar that opened in late 2010 in the heart of Moange-le-Bosquet village, selling a cheap, dangerous mix of methanol and ethanol. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "After a bar opens, the Baka pygmies of Cameroon have fewer babies," 18 June 2018 Potentially lethal methanol can be a byproduct of bootleg distilling and the tainted alcohol is also sometimes mixed with soft drinks. Bloomberg.com, "More Than 80 Dead From Tainted Liquor in Indonesia," 10 Apr. 2018 Vinegar’s active ingredient, acetic acid, can be produced naturally through bacterial fermentation, as in apple-cider vinegar, or industrially, via chemical reactions from such source materials as methanol. Margaret Roach, Good Housekeeping, "Why It Can Be Dangerous To Use Vinegar To Kill Weeds," 18 May 2017 Fourteen villagers whose sudden deaths were thought to have been caused by polluted water actually died from drinking rice wine containing methanol, a Cambodian health official said Monday. Fox News, "Bootleg liquor, not water, killed Cambodian villagers," 7 May 2018 Potentially lethal methanol can be a byproduct of bootleg distilling and the tainted alcohol is also sometimes mixed with soft drinks. Bloomberg.com, "More Than 80 Dead From Tainted Liquor in Indonesia," 10 Apr. 2018 Highly flammable and explosive, methanol can cause brain lesions and other disorders. Time, "'Nothing Short of Catastrophic.' Hurricane Harvey's Toxic Impact Worse Than Publicly Reported, Records Show," 22 Mar. 2018 Highly flammable and explosive, methanol can cause brain lesions and other disorders. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told," 22 Mar. 2018 Highly flammable and explosive, methanol can cause brain lesions and other disorders. CBS News, "Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told," 22 Mar. 2018

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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methanol

noun

English Language Learners Definition of methanol

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

methanol

noun
meth·a·nol | \ˈmeth-ə-ˌnȯl, -ˌnōl \

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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