isopropyl alcohol


noun Chemistry.

a colorless, flammable, water-soluble liquid, C3H8O, produced from propylene by the action of sulfuric acid and hydrolysis: used chiefly in the manufacture of antifreeze and rubbing alcohol and as a solvent.

Origin of isopropyl alcohol

First recorded in 1870–75
Also called dimethylcarbinol, isopropanol, secondary propyl alcohol.
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Medicine definitions for isopropyl alcohol

isopropyl alcohol

[ī′sə-prōpəl]

n.

A clear, colorless, flammable, mobile liquid used in antifreeze compounds, in lotions and cosmetics, and as a solvent for gums, shellac, and essential oils.
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Science definitions for isopropyl alcohol

isopropyl alcohol

[ī′sə-prōpəl]

A clear, colorless, flammable, mobile liquid that is one of the two isomers of propyl alcohol. It is used in antifreeze compounds, rubbing alcohol, lotions, and cosmetics, and also as a solvent for gums, shellac, and essential oils. Chemical formula: C3H8O.
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