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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Origin and Etymology of octanol
octane + -ol
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