Definition of ethanol in English:

ethanol

noun

  • A colorless volatile flammable liquid which is produced by the natural fermentation of sugars; alcohol.

    ‘yeast used in making beer metabolizes the sugar into ethanol’
    ‘we tested cars using ethanol mixed with gasoline’
    • ‘In vinegar this is acetic acid, i.e. the acid derived from the alcohol, ethanol.’
    • ‘Now a mixture of five percent ethanol is permitted and the proportion is likely to double in coming years.’
    • ‘One proposed explanation is that animal alcoholics are after the high calorie nourishment of ethanol.’
    • ‘So, motorists hoping that the use of ethanol in petrol will cut their fuel bills are set to be disappointed.’
    • ‘The world's other major biofuel is ethanol, a form of alcohol already widely used as a fuel additive.’
    • ‘Is ethanol in fuel really so good for the environment and are the claims that it damages your car just spin?’
    • ‘Production of ethanol is also expected to reduce the environmental impact of relying on fossil fuel.’
    • ‘The ethanol is oxidized first into an aldehyde and then to acetic acid by the oxygen in the atmosphere.’
    • ‘One possible explanation for these exceptional findings might be contamination of the ethanol with a mutagen.’
    • ‘The ethanol used, contained butylated hydroxytoluene as an antioxidant.’
    • ‘The market for brandy and other products is already saturated so the wine will be turned into ethanol and other chemicals.’
    • ‘He was found to have a concentration of 216 mg of ethanol in his blood.’
    • ‘The regime put in place has benefited and will continue to benefit a company that produces ethanol from grain.’
    • ‘I recently discovered that I have an allergy to alcohols, including ethanol.’
    • ‘Mr Beattie says the partnership will hopefully encourage fuel users to convert to ethanol.’
    • ‘The company will also release four vehicles that can run on fuel-efficient ethanol next year.’
    • ‘Having another drink, the theory goes, makes the liver switch back to dealing with ethanol, easing the pain.’
    • ‘Alcohol, or ethanol, to give it its chemical name, creates a poisonous substance called acetaldehyde.’
    • ‘The residual ethanol was evaporated by spreading out the solid on a sheet of filter paper.’
    • ‘It is an additive used to make the ethanol produced undrinkable by people.’

Origin

Early 20th century: blend of ethane and alcohol.

Pronunciation:

ethanol

/ˈeTHəˌnôl//ˈeTHənōl/