oc·​ta·​nol | \ ˈäktəˌnȯl, -nōl \
plural -s

Definition of octanol

: any of four liquid alcohols C8H17OH derived from normal octane: such as
a : the primary alcohol CH3(CH2)6CH2OH having a penetrating odor, occurring free or in the form of esters in oils from plant seeds and fruits, and used chiefly in organic synthesis and in perfumes

called also 1-octanol, n-octyl alcohol

b : a viscous oily secondary alcohol CH3(CH2)5CH(OH)CH3 having an aromatic odor, made by heating the sodium soap of castor oil, and used chiefly as a solvent, in organic synthesis, and in perfumes

called also 2-octanol

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History and Etymology for octanol

octane + -ol

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“Octanol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/octanol. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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