[meth-uh-nawl, -nol]

noun Chemistry.

Nearby words

  1. methane,
  2. methane series,
  3. methanesulfonic acid,
  4. methanogen,
  5. methanoic acid,
  6. methantheline,
  7. methaqualone,
  8. methb,
  9. methedrine,
  10. metheglin

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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Medicine definitions for methanol


[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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Science definitions for methanol



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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