Definition of menthol in English:

menthol

Line breaks: men|thol
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛnθɒl
 
, -θ(ə)l/

noun

[mass noun]
  • A crystalline alcohol with a minty taste and odour, found in peppermint and other natural oils. It is used as a flavouring and in decongestants and analgesics: [as modifier]: Kate offered him one of her menthol cigarettes
    • Chemical formula: C10H19OH
    More example sentences
    • The combination of thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and menthol in an alcohol base may have antifungal activity.
    • If you lip balm contains phenol, camphor, menthol, peppermint oil or eucalyptus, it's most likely making your lips more chapped than not.
    • Any products that contain alcohol or menthol should be avoided because they remove natural lipids and may worsen the skin's reaction.

Origin

late 19th century: from German, from Latin mentha 'mint' + -ol.

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