[ eth-uh-nawl, -nol ]
/ ˈɛθ əˌnɔl, -ˌnɒl /

noun Chemistry.

Origin of ethanol

First recorded in 1895–1900; ethane + -ol1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ethanol


/ (ˈɛθəˌnɒl, ˈiːθə-) /


the technical name for alcohol (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for ethanol



1900, contracted from ethane, to which it is the corresponding alcohol, + -ol, here indicating alcohol.

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Medicine definitions for ethanol


[ ĕthə-nôl′, -nōl′ ]


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Science definitions for ethanol


[ ĕthə-nôl′ ]

An alcohol obtained from the fermentation of sugars and starches or by chemical synthesis. It is the intoxicating ingredient of alcoholic beverages, and is also used as a solvent, in explosives, and as an additive to or replacement for petroleum-based fuels. Also called ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol. Chemical formula: C2H6O.
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Culture definitions for ethanol


[ (eth-uh-nawl, eth-uh-nohl) ]

Another name for ethyl alcohol.

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