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noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, volatile, water-soluble, poisonous liquid, CH4O, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood or the incomplete oxidation of natural gas, or produced synthetically from carbon monoxide and hydrogen, used chiefly as a solvent, a fuel, and an automobile antifreeze and in the synthesis of formaldehyde.

Origin of methyl alcohol

First recorded in 1840–50
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  • Those stains which are dissolved in methyl-alcohol combine fixation with the staining process.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis

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British Dictionary definitions for methyl alcohol

methyl alcohol

noun
  1. another name for methanol
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methyl alcohol in Medicine

methyl alcohol

n.
  1. methanol

methyl alcohol in Science

methyl alcohol

  1. See methanol.
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