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rubbing alcohol

noun
1.
a poisonous solution of about 70 percent isopropyl or denatured ethyl alcohol, usually containing a perfume oil, used chiefly in massaging.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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Examples from the web for rubbing alcohol
  • The waiting room was always full and the office smelled strongly of rubbing alcohol.
  • Contact with rubbing alcohol or chlorinated water quickly renders it inactive.
  • Store the rubbing alcohol solution in a new plastic spray bottle.
  • When rubbing alcohol wouldn't ignite the pair, the youths went to a local service station for gasoline, which worked.
  • Notably, a microfiber cloth lightly sprayed with rubbing alcohol.
  • The smell of rubbing alcohol is enough to make her feel queasy again.
  • They expose the spheres to rubbing alcohol, which causes them to deflate and collapse into the dimpled shape of a red blood cell.
  • If rubbing alcohol is not available, grab a bottle of distilled water.
  • To remove stamped bar codes and expiration dates, rub them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  • The skin over the gland is cleaned with rubbing alcohol.
British Dictionary definitions for rubbing alcohol

rubbing alcohol

noun
1.
a liquid usually consisting of 70 per cent denatured ethyl alcohol, used by external application as an antiseptic or rubefacient
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