butyl alcohol


noun Chemistry.

any of four flammable, isomeric, liquid alcohols having the formula C4H9OH, used as solvents and in organic synthesis.

Nearby words

  1. butuan,
  2. butung,
  3. butut,
  4. butyl,
  5. butyl acetate,
  6. butyl aldehyde,
  7. butyl aminobenzoate,
  8. butyl group,
  9. butyl nitrite,
  10. butyl rubber

Origin of butyl alcohol

First recorded in 1865–70

Also called butanol.

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British Dictionary definitions for butyl alcohol

butyl alcohol

noun

another name for butanol
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Science definitions for butyl alcohol

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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