methyl alcohol

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noun Chemistry.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for methyl alcohol

methyl alcohol


noun

another name for methanol
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Medicine definitions for methyl alcohol

methyl alcohol


n.

methanol
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Science definitions for methyl alcohol

methyl alcohol


See methanol.
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