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[eth-uh-nawl, -nol] /ˈɛθ əˌnɔl, -ˌnɒl/
noun, Chemistry.
alcohol (def 1).
Origin of ethanol
1895-1900; ethane + -ol1 Unabridged
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/ˈɛθəˌnɒl; ˈiːθə-/
the technical name for alcohol (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for ethanol

1900, contracted from ethane, to which it is the corresponding alcohol, + -ol, here indicating alcohol.

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ethanol in Medicine

ethanol eth·a·nol (ěth'ə-nôl', -nōl')
See alcohol.

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ethanol in Science
An alcohol obtained from the fermentation of sugars and starches or by chemical synthesis. It is the intoxicating ingredient of alcoholic beverages, and is also used as a solvent, in explosives, and as an additive to or replacement for petroleum-based fuels. Also called ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol. Chemical formula: C2H6O.
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ethanol in Culture
ethanol [(eth-uh-nawl, eth-uh-nohl)]

Another name for ethyl alcohol.

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