[men-thawl, -thol]
Also called hexahydrothymol, peppermint camphor. Chemistry, Pharmacology. a colorless, crystalline, slightly water-soluble alcohol, C 1 0 H 2 0 O, obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized: used chiefly in perfumes, confections, cigarettes, and liqueurs and in medicine for colds and nasal disorders for its cooling effect on mucous membranes.
a mentholated cigarette.
containing menthol; mentholated.

1875–80; < Neo-Latin Menth(a) (see mint1) + -ol1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To menthol
World English Dictionary
menthol (ˈmɛnθɒl)
an optically active organic compound found in peppermint oil and used as an antiseptic, in inhalants, and as an analgesic. Formula: C10H20O
[C19: from German, from Latin menthamint1]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1876, from Ger. Menthol, coined 1861 by Oppenheim from L. mentha "mint" (see mint (1)) + oleum "oil." So called because it was first obtained from oil of peppermint.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

menthol men·thol (měn'thôl')
A white crystalline organic compound obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized and used as a mild topical anesthetic.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
menthol   (měn'thôl')  Pronunciation Key 
A white, crystalline compound obtained from peppermint oil. It is used as a flavoring and as a mild anesthetic. Chemical formula: C10H20O.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences for menthol
Some smokers prefer to use menthol tobacco in combination with cannabis.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature