menthol

[men-thawl, -thol]
noun
1.
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.
2.
a mentholated cigarette.
adjective
3.
containing menthol; mentholated.

Origin:
1875–80; < Neo-Latin Menth(a) (see mint1) + -ol1

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menthol (ˈmɛnθɒl)
 
n
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]

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

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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.
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Some smokers prefer to use menthol tobacco in combination with cannabis.
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