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 That accounts for not just the vial itself, but for supplies like rubbing alcohol, gauze, refrigeration and other overhead costs in medical facilities. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 11 July 2024 Use tweezers to pull the insect slowly off your skin, then clean the bite with soap or rubbing alcohol. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 26 June 2024 The incident occurred around 10 a.m. when the man bought a bottle of rubbing alcohol in the store, went outside, poured the bottle on the car and lit it on fire, according to the St. Cloud Police Department. David Matthews, New York Daily News, 18 June 2024 After removing the tick, clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 24 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 24 Jul. 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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