rubbing alcohol


noun

a poisonous solution of about 70 percent isopropyl or denatured ethyl alcohol, usually containing a perfume oil, used chiefly in massaging.

Nearby words

  1. rubbers,
  2. rubbery,
  3. rubbia,
  4. rubbia, carlo,
  5. rubbing,
  6. rubbish,
  7. rubbish bin,
  8. rubbishy,
  9. rubbity,
  10. rubble

Origin of rubbing alcohol

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for rubbing alcohol

rubbing alcohol

noun

a liquid usually consisting of 70 per cent denatured ethyl alcohol, used by external application as an antiseptic or rubefacient
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