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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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Examples from the web for ethanol
  • For example, he alluded at one point to a desire to allow more imports of sugar ethanol.
  • One such alternative is ethanol, which is domestically generated and sustainable.
  • Algae and other cellulosic ethanol sources aren't food crops.
  • The distilled variety is made from industrial vats of pure ethanol.
  • He knows the visit will be a stretch: he opposes ethanol subsidies.
  • Growing corn for ethanol may increase greenhouse gases for over a century.
  • The vast majority of yellow dent corn is used as livestock feed and production of ethanol.
  • Brewing and ethanol industry scientists have been developing highly flocculating yeast stains for many years.
  • But ethanol is heavily subsidized by the government.
  • ethanol, which is alcohol made from corn, can help reduce pollution.
British Dictionary definitions for ethanol


/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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