[meth-uh-nawl, -nol]

noun Chemistry.

Origin of methanol

First recorded in 1890–95; methane + -ol1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for methanol



a colourless volatile poisonous liquid compound used as a solvent and fuel. Formula: CH 3 OHAlso called: methyl alcohol, wood alcohol

Word Origin for methanol

C20: from methane + -ol 1
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Word Origin and History for methanol

"methyl alcohol," 1892 (adopted that year by the international scientific community), from methyl + -ol, suffix denoting "alcohol."

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methanol in Medicine


[mĕthə-nôl′, -nōl′]


A colorless, toxic, flammable liquid used as an antifreeze, a general solvent, a fuel, and a denaturant for ethyl alcohol.carbinol methyl alcohol wood alcohol
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methanol in Science



A colorless, toxic, flammable liquid used as a general solvent, antifreeze, and fuel. Also called methyl alcohol, wood alcohol. Chemical formula: CH4O.
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