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methyl alcohol (methanol, wood alcohol) The first member of the alcohol series, chemically CH3—OH. It is highly toxic and leads to mental disturbance, blindness, and death when consumed over a period. It is added to industrial alcohol and methylated spirits, to ‘denature’ the ethyl alcohol and render it undrinkable. See alcohol, denatured.

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methyl alcohol

methyl alcohol (methanol) (mee-thyl) n. wood alcohol: an alcohol that is oxidized in the body much more slowly than ethyl alcohol and forms poisonous products. As little as 10 ml of pure methyl alcohol can produce permanent blindness, and 100 ml is likely to be fatal. See also methylated spirits.

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methyl alcohol

meth·yl al·co·hol • n. another term for methanol.

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methyl alcohol: see methanol.

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