any of four flammable, isomeric, liquid alcohols having the formula C4H9OH, used as solvents and in organic synthesis.
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Also called butanol.
Origin of butyl alcohol
First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for butyl alcohol
another name for butanol
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Scientific definitions for butyl alcohol
Any of four isomeric compounds that are alcohols and have four carbon atoms. Butyl alcohols are used as solvents and in organic synthesis. The two straight-chained isomers are called butanol. Chemical formula: C4H10O.
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