rubbing alcohol


Definition of rubbing alcohol

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

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Instead, drop the tick into rubbing alcohol before disposing. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Tick," 13 June 2019 Timiyah had poured rubbing alcohol on her arms, Owens said, and one of the others had lit the fire. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "Internet ‘fire challenge’ leaves 12-year-old Detroit girl severely burned," 21 Aug. 2018 Skip the use of any harsh, drying agents like rubbing alcohol. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Excuse Me, What Even Is Belly Button Lint?," 1 Mar. 2019 Certain substances are common culprits behind irritant contact dermatitis, like rubbing alcohol, bleach, and detergents. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why Your Same Old Eye Makeup Is Suddenly Causing Irritation," 5 Oct. 2018 The other direction is to use an alcohol: rubbing alcohol or, in a pinch, vodka. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Sticker Residue from Any Surface," 28 Nov. 2018 Besides linseed oil, watch out for other flammable household items like nail polish, nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol, hair spray and other aerosol cans. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Common Household Product Can Spontaneously Combust," 25 July 2016 If the hair is above the skin and reachable, sterilize a tweezer (use a cotton ball covered in rubbing alcohol), and pluck the hair. Loni Venti, Teen Vogue, "How To Get Rid of Ingrown Hair: 9 Tips to Heal Your Skin," 5 Oct. 2018 First, your doctor will disinfect your skin with rubbing alcohol to try to prevent an infection, Dr. Bailey says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Bad Is It Really to Remove an Ingrown Hair Yourself?," 20 Sep. 2018

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1902, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rubbing alcohol

US : a liquid that contains alcohol and water and that is used to clean wounds or skin

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Medical Definition of rubbing alcohol

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

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