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Meaning of ALCOHOL

Pronunciation:  'alku`hol

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent; "alcohol (or drink) ruined him"
  2. [n]  any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation

ALCOHOL is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: alcoholic beverage, inebriant, intoxicant
 See Also: 1-dodecanol, allyl alcohol, amyl alcohol, aperitif, beverage, booze, brew, brewage, butanol, butyl alcohol, cordial, cyclohexanol, dihydric alcohol, diol, drink, drinkable, drug of abuse, ethanol, ethyl alcohol, ethyl alcohol, fermentation alcohol, glycerin, glycerine, glycerol, glycol, grain alcohol, hard cider, hard drink, hard liquor, home brew, hooch, hootch, isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol, John Barleycorn, kava, kavakava, koumiss, kumis, lauryl alcohol, liqueur, liquid, liquor, malt, malt liquor, methanol, methyl alcohol, mixed drink, neutral spirits, nipa, perry, potable, proof spirit, propanol, propenyl alcohol, propyl alcohol, pulque, rotgut, spirits, spruce beer, steroid alcohol, sterol, street drug, strong drink, vino, wine, wood alcohol, wood spirit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al"co*hol\ ([a^]l"k[-o]*h[o^]l), n. [Cf. F. alcool,
formerly written alcohol, Sp. alcohol alcohol, antimony,
galena, OSp. alcofol; all fr. Ar. al-kohl a powder of
antimony or galena, to paint the eyebrows with. The name was
afterwards applied, on account of the fineness of this
powder, to highly rectified spirits, a signification unknown
in Arabia. The Sp. word has both meanings. Cf. {Alquifou}.]
1. An impalpable powder. [Obs.]

2. The fluid essence or pure spirit obtained by distillation.
   [Obs.] --Boyle.

3. Pure spirit of wine; pure or highly rectified spirit
   (called also {ethyl alcohol}); the spirituous or
   intoxicating element of fermented or distilled liquors, or
   more loosely a liquid containing it in considerable
   quantity. It is extracted by simple distillation from
   various vegetable juices and infusions of a saccharine
   nature, which have undergone vinous fermentation.

Note: As used in the U. S. ``Pharmacop[oe]ia,'' alcohol
      contains 91 per cent by weight of ethyl alcohol and 9
      per cent of water; and diluted alcohol (proof spirit)
      contains 45.5 per cent by weight of ethyl alcohol and
      54.5 per cent of water.

4. (Organic Chem.) A class of compounds analogous to vinic
   alcohol in constitution. Chemically speaking, they are
   hydroxides of certain organic radicals; as, the radical
   ethyl forms common or {ethyl alcohol} ({C2H5.OH}); methyl
   forms {methyl alcohol} ({CH3.OH}) or {wood spirit}; amyl
   forms {amyl alcohol} ({C5H11.OH}) or {fusel oil}, etc.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: An ingredient in a variety of beverages including beer, wine, liqueurs, cordials and mixed or straight drinks. Pure ethyl alcohol gives about 80 calories per ounce.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of cosuming alcohol in great quantities, and losing control, may reflect a need for you to hide some negative feelings you have about yourself, or about someone else, if you see him/her getting drunk. When you are dreaming of drinking to excess, maybe you are trying to escape reality, hide a feeling of guilt or regret. It might also underline the need for you to let go of your inhibitions and just express yourself with no shame, as if you were a different person. If you are dreaming that you are feeling happy and still in control when consuming alcohol, it means that you will be soon hearing good news of success and achievement.
Biology Dictionary
  1. An organic chemical containing one or more hydroxyl groups (-OH). Alcohols can be liquids, semisolids or solids at room temperature. Common alcohols include ethanol ("grain alcohol," the type found in alcoholic beverages) methanol (aka "wood alcohol," can cause blindness and other nervous system damage if ingested) and propanol.
  2. Ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol, the spirit in wine, is classified as a sedative-hypnotic drug. The criminal code of Canada states that it is an offence while the person's ability to operate or has control of a motor vehicle or vessel is impaired by alcohol or a drug or while the person's blood levels of alcohol exceed 80 mg/dL.

    Impaired driving performance has been observed with serum levels of ethanol as low as 30 mg/dL. A serum level above 300 mg/dL usually produces coma. Intoxication of alcohol is associated with violence, suicide, child and spouse abuse, respiratory depression, stupor, vomiting, predisposing to Mallory-Weiss Syndrome, hypoglycemia, cardiac arrhythmia, seizures. Chronic ingestion is associated with liver cirrhosis and withdrawal symptoms (Delirium Tremens).Two groups of alcohol drinkers are indentifiable based on the pattern of drinking: the problem drinkers and the ones with severe alcohol dependence.

    Methyl alcohol, also known as methanol, or wood alcohol can also produce the sensation of being "drunk". However, ingestion of large quantities of methanol can cause visual disturbances (blindness via neurological damage), and a metabolic acidosis and is a medical emergency necessitating fluid resuscitation, respiratory care, ethanol infusion to block the building up of toxic products and dialysis.

    Isopropyl alcohol is rubbing alcohol; it is poisonous.

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