Alcohol in chemistry means any organic compound in which a hydroxyl group (OH) is bound to a carbon atom, further bound to other hydrogen and/or carbon atoms.
Compounds of the general formula R – OH when one or more hydroxyl groups replace hydrogen atoms of alkanes.
A series of hydrocarbon derivatives with at least one hydrogen atom replaced by an -OH group. The simplest alcohols (methanol, ethanol, n-propanol, and isopropanol) are good solvents for some organic soils, notably rosin, but are flammable and can form explosive mixtures with air: their use requires caution and well-designed equipment.
Alkyl compounds containing a hydroxyl group. They are classified according to relation of the carbon atom: primary alcohols, R-CH2OH; secondary alcohols, R2-CHOH; tertiary alcohols, R3-COH. (From Grant & Hackh's Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed)
Organic compounds that contain one or more hydroxyl groups (-OH functional groups) in each molecule. Alcohols used in cleaners include ethyl, methyl, propyl and butyl.
Organic compounds that are distinguished from hydrocarbons by the inclusion of a hydroxyl group. The two simplest alcohols are methanol and ethanol.
Any of various compounds that are analogous to ethanol in constitution and that are hydroxyl derivatives of hydrocarbons.
Alcohols are amongst the most common organic compounds. Well-known alcohols include methanol (methyl alcohol, or wood alcohol), ethanol (ethyl alcohol, or grain alcohol) and isopropyl alcohol (the common alcohol known as rubbing alcohol and used as a germicide). Alcohols are also valuable as intermediates in the synthesis of other compounds.
In chemistry, a class of organic compounds whose empirical formulas end with "OH" or "HO". Alcohols may be derived from any parent substance. Depending upon whether the parent substance is drying or lubricating to the skin, the alcohol will be drying or lubricating as well. Ranging from clear liquids to waxy solids, alcohols are used as emollients, humectants, lubricants, emulsifiers, or stabilizers.
Common types used in cleaning products are Methyl, Ethyl, and Isopropyl. These are used to increase the solvency and cleaning ability without residue.