- Also called hexahydrothymol, peppermint camphor. Chemistry, Pharmacology. a colorless, crystalline, slightly water-soluble alcohol, C10H20O, obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized: used chiefly in perfumes, confections, cigarettes, and liqueurs and in medicine for colds and nasal disorders for its cooling effect on mucous membranes.
- a mentholated cigarette.
- containing menthol; mentholated.
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Rubbing the forehead with a menthol pencil will afford some relief.
We treat the local condition in the nose with a menthol mixture.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
They have the odor of thymol or menthol and an acid taste and reaction.
Still applying the menthol she held the receiver to her ear.
He would have the Eezo wafers in one pocket and a menthol pencil in the other.
- an optically active organic compound found in peppermint oil and used as an antiseptic, in inhalants, and as an analgesic. Formula: C 10 H 20 O
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Word Origin and History for menthol
- A white crystalline organic compound obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized and used as a mild topical anesthetic.
- A white, crystalline compound obtained from peppermint oil. It is used as a flavoring and as a mild anesthetic. Chemical formula: C10H20O.