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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Despite this latest development, whether or not alcohol laced with methanol was behind these mysterious and devastating deaths in the Dominican Republic still remains to be seen. Cory Stieg,, "Could Bootleg Alcohol Explain The Dominican Republic Deaths?," 18 June 2019 The Kokuka Courageous, came from Mesaieed, Qatar, and Jubail, Saudi Arabia, carrying methanol, a chemical compound used in a variety of products, Refinitiv said. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Oil tankers apparently attacked in Middle East amid Iran-US tensions," 13 June 2019 The ship had been transporting methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Two Oil Tankers Attacked in the Middle East, U.S. Destroyer Rescues Crew," 13 June 2019 The Kokuka Courageous was carrying methanol, headed from the Saudi port of Al Jubail to Singapore. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Tankers Are Attacked in Mideast, and U.S. Says Video Shows Iran Was Involved," 13 June 2019 The tanker was carrying 25,000 tons of methanol from Saudi Arabia to Asia. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Tanker attacks raise fears of Persian Gulf unrest," 13 June 2019 Finally, the hydrogen and carbon dioxide that are collected need to get combined into methanol. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Creative thinking: Researchers propose solar methanol island using ocean CO₂," 6 June 2019 The researchers at the ITC are focused on turning carbon into products that can be used to make cement, methanol and building materials, among other things. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Carbon Capture Test Facility Opens in Wyoming," 17 May 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," 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of methanol

1894, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of methanol

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


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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