What is alcohol?

Alcohol are:

  • - 1. Any of various compounds that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons.
  • - 2. A colorless, flammable liquid, obtained from fermentation of sugars and starches with yeast and produced synthetically from ethylene or acetylene. Unless modified, «alcohol» most commonly refers to ethyl alcohol or ethanol, which is used as a solvent, preservative, topical disinfectant, and in the preparation of drugs, and is the form of alcohol found in intoxicating beverages.

absolute a. Alcohol containing not more than 1% of water.
acid a. 70% ethyl alcohol containing 1% hydrochloric acid.
denatured a. Alcohol that has been rendered unfit to drink by the addition of other chemicals.
methyl a. See methanol.
rubbing a. A mixture of about 70% of absolute alcohol and varying quantities of water, denaturants, and perfumed oils.

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