Definition of methanol
: a light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol CH3OH used especially as a solvent, antifreeze, or denaturant for ethyl alcohol and in the synthesis of other chemicals
Origin and Etymology of methanol
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1894
METHANOL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of methanol for English Language Learners
: a poisonous alcohol that is used to keep liquids from freezing, as a fuel, etc.
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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