Alcohol Definition

What Is an Alcohol?

Ethanol is ethyl alcohol, sometimes known as grain alcohol.
Ethanol is ethyl alcohol, sometimes known as grain alcohol. Ben Mills

Definition: An alcohol is a substance containing an OH group attached to a hydrocarbon group.

Examples: ethyl alcohol or ethanol: C2H5OH; butyl alcohol or butanol: C4H9OH

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