a colorless, volatile, water-soluble, poisonous liquid, CH4O, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood or the incomplete oxidation of natural gas, or produced synthetically from carbon monoxide and hydrogen, used chiefly as a solvent, a fuel, and an automobile antifreeze and in the synthesis of formaldehyde.
Origin of methyl alcohol
First recorded in 1840–50
Words nearby methyl alcohol
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Those stains which are dissolved in methyl-alcohol combine fixation with the staining process.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for methyl alcohol
another name for methanol
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Medical definitions for methyl alcohol
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