Definition of isopropanol in US English:

isopropanol

noun

Chemistry
  • A liquid alcohol, used as a solvent and in the industrial production of acetone.

    Chemical formula: CH₃CHOHCH₃

    • ‘For example, each molecule of isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) has eight hydrogen atoms in one of three environments.’
    • ‘DNA was precipitated from the supernatant using isopropanol and exposed to two 70% ethanol washes.’
    • ‘We have also made measurements in aqueous mixtures with four other alcohols: methanol, n-propanol, isopropanol, and isobutanol.’
    • ‘The supernatant was precipitated by isopropanol.’
    • ‘Historically, the first petrochemical was isopropanol, produced in bulk by Standard Oil of New Jersey in 1920.’

Pronunciation

isopropanol

/-ˌnäl/