Definition of methanol in English:


Syllabification: meth·a·nol
Pronunciation: /ˈmeTHəˌnôl, -ˌnōl


  • A toxic, colorless, volatile flammable liquid alcohol, originally made by distillation from wood and now chiefly by oxidizing methane. Also called methyl alcohol.
    • Chemical formula: CH3OH
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    • It will also act on other small molecules, including methanol and ethylene glycol.
    • For example, the alcohol derivative of methane is methanol and of ethane is ethanol.
    • For instance, consider the difference between ethyl alcohol and methanol.


late 19th century: from methane + -ol.

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