Definition of methanol in English:

methanol

noun

mass nounChemistry
  • 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.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from methane + -ol.

Pronunciation

methanol

/ˈmɛθənɒl/