One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toxic, colourless, volatile flammable liquid alcohol, made chiefly by oxidizing methane.Also called methyl alcohol
- ‘For example, the alcohol derivative of methane is methanol and of ethane is ethanol.’
- ‘For instance, consider the difference between ethyl alcohol and methanol.’
- ‘The nucleus suspension was fixed in methanol: acetic acid and air dried.’
- ‘The fuel cell generates electricity as a by-product of a chemical reaction involving dilute methanol.’
- ‘It will also act on other small molecules, including methanol and ethylene glycol.’
Late 19th century: from methane + -ol.
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