rubbing alcohol

noun

: a cooling and soothing liquid for external application that contains approximately 70 percent denatured ethanol or isopropanol

Examples of rubbing alcohol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wash stings with seawater—not fresh water—pluck remaining tentacles, and apply rubbing alcohol. Eileen Finan, Peoplemag, 31 May 2024 After removing the tick, clean the bite site with soap and water or rubbing alcohol to minimize the chances of the area getting infected. Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 31 May 2024 Flush the tick down the toilet, and using rubbing alcohol or soap and water, clean the affected area and your hands. Amanda Gardner, Health, 27 May 2024 Dabbing a few drops of rubbing alcohol or white vinegar inside each ear can help dry them faster. Cathie Ericson, Health, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rubbing alcohol 

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rubbing alcohol was in 1902

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“Rubbing alcohol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rubbing%20alcohol. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

rubbing alcohol

noun
: a cooling and soothing solution for use on the outside of the body that contains an alcohol and water

Medical Definition

rubbing alcohol

noun
rub·​bing alcohol ˈrəb-iŋ-ˌ How to pronounce rubbing alcohol (audio)
: a cooling and soothing liquid for external application that contains approximately 70 percent denatured ethanol or isopropyl alcohol
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