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alcohol al·co·hol (āl'kə-hôl')

  1. Any of a series of hydroxyl compounds derived from saturated hydrocarbons, including ethanol and methanol.

  2. A colorless, volatile, flammable liquid synthesized or obtained by fermentation of sugars and starches and widely used, either pure or denatured, as a solvent and in drugs. Also called ethanol, ethyl alcohol.

  3. Intoxicating liquor containing alcohol.

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