a poisonous solution of about 70 percent isopropyl or denatured ethyl alcohol, usually containing a perfume oil, used chiefly in massaging.
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Origin of rubbing alcohol
First recorded in 1925–30
Words nearby rubbing alcohol
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British Dictionary definitions for rubbing alcohol
a liquid usually consisting of 70 per cent denatured ethyl alcohol, used by external application as an antiseptic or rubefacient
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Medical definitions for rubbing alcohol
[ rŭb′ĭng ]
A mixture usually consisting of 70 percent isopropyl or absolute alcohol, applied externally to relieve muscle and joint pain.
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