Ethanol definition

ethənôl, ethənōl; Brit also ēthənōl
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An alcohol obtained from the fermentation of sugars and starches or by chemical synthesis. It is the intoxicating ingredient of alcoholic beverages, and is also used as a solvent, in explosives, and as an additive to or replacement for petroleum-based fuels. Also called ethyl alcohol, grain alcohol. Chemical formula: C2H6O.
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Specifically, this alcohol as a fuel.
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(organic chemistry) A simple aliphatic alcohol formally derived from ethane by replacing one hydrogen atom with a hydroxyl group: CH3-CH2-OH.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ethanol
Plural:
ethanols

Origin of ethanol

  • Contracted from ethyl + alcohol. Ethyl is from Ancient Greek αἰθήρ (aithēr, “ether”), influenced by German Äthyl.

    From Wiktionary