butanol

[ byoot-n-awl, -ol ]
/ ˈbyut nˌɔl, -ˌɒl /

noun Chemistry.

butanol that is made from fossil fuels (petrobutanol ) or from certain plants or algae (biobutanol ), and which is used as an alternative to gasoline.

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Origin of butanol

First recorded in 1890–95; butane + -ol1
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British Dictionary definitions for butanol

butanol
/ (ˈbjuːtəˌnɒl) /

noun

a colourless substance existing in four isomeric forms. The three liquid isomers are used as solvents for resins, lacquers, etc, and in the manufacture of organic compounds. Formula: C 4 H 9 OHAlso called: butyl alcohol

Word Origin for butanol

C19: from butan (e) + -ol 1
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Scientific definitions for butanol

butanol
[ byōōtə-nôl′, -nōl′, nŏl′ ]

Either of the two butyl alcohols that are derived from butane and have a straight chain of carbon atoms. Butanols are used as solvents and in organic synthesis. Chemical formula: C4H10O.
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