Definition of butyl alcohol in US English:

butyl alcohol


  • Any of four isomeric alcohols used as solvents and in organic synthesis.

    • ‘The latter symptoms, often described as a ‘drunk’ feeling, possibly resulted from tertiary butyl alcohol - a major metabolic product of MTBE in humans.’
    • ‘Hearing loss has been reported in workers chronically exposed to butyl alcohol.’
    • ‘Tissue dehydration was accomplished by submerging samples in a series of ethanol: tertiary butyl alcohol, and embedding them in small blocks of solid paraffin.’
    • ‘This invention relates to a method for separating tetrachloroethylene from the butyl alcohols using certain organic compounds as the agent in extractive distillation.’
    • ‘Generally, methyl alcohol is the most corrosive and butyl alcohol is least corrosive.’