any of four flammable, isomeric, liquid alcohols having the formula C4H9OH, used as solvents and in organic synthesis.
Origin of butyl alcohol
First recorded in 1865–70
Also called butanol.
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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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