[eth-uh-nol-uh-meen, -noh-luh-, -nuh-lam-in]

noun Chemistry.

a viscous liquid with an odor of ammonia, C2H7NO, used to remove carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide from natural gas, and in the manufacture of antibiotics.

Nearby words

  1. ethanediol,
  2. ethanethiol,
  3. ethanim,
  4. ethanoic acid,
  5. ethanol,
  6. ethanoyl,
  7. ethanoyl chloride,
  8. ethchlorvynol,
  9. ethel,
  10. ethelbert

Origin of ethanolamine

First recorded in 1895–1900; ethanol + amine

Also called colamine. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for ethanolamine


[ĕth′ə-nŏlə-mēn′, -nōlə-]

A colorless liquid used in the purification of petroleum, as a solvent in dry cleaning, and as an ingredient in paints and pharmaceuticals. Chemical formula: C2H7NO.
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