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[meth-uh-nawl, -nol] /ˈmɛθ əˌnɔl, -ˌnɒl/
noun, Chemistry
Origin of methanol
1890-95; methane + -ol1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for methanol
  • The smell of spilled chemicals, including methanol and formaldehyde, fills the air.
  • methanol and ethanol are variants of alcohol, and they have different properties and uses.
  • These include electricity, methanol, natural gas and propane.
  • But in the short term the solution seems to be to deliver the hydrogen as part of a hydrogen-rich compound, such as methanol.
  • The added methanol is also recovered for future use.
  • But if you looked at them all, you would see one pattern with ethanol, another with methanol.
  • Pumping the box with methanol or warm water to keep its temperature higher is one option.
  • That's shorthand for streamliners running the largest turbocharged or supercharged methanol-burning engines.
  • The self-contained system relies on methanol in the tiny tubes.
  • As it relates to bio-fuel's methanol is a product in demand.
British Dictionary definitions for methanol


a colourless volatile poisonous liquid compound used as a solvent and fuel. Formula: CH3OH Also called methyl alcohol, wood alcohol
Word Origin
C20: from methane + -ol1
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Word Origin and History for methanol

"methyl alcohol," 1892 (adopted that year by the international scientific community), from methyl + -ol, suffix denoting "alcohol."

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methanol in Medicine

methanol meth·a·nol (měth'ə-nôl', -nōl')
A colorless, toxic, flammable liquid used as an antifreeze, a general solvent, a fuel, and a denaturant for ethyl alcohol. Also called carbinol, methyl alcohol, wood alcohol.

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methanol in Science
A colorless, toxic, flammable liquid used as a general solvent, antifreeze, and fuel. Also called methyl alcohol, wood alcohol. Chemical formula: CH4O.
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