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isopropyl alcohol

Pronunciation: i'so-pro'pil al'ko-hol

Definition: An isomer of propyl alcohol and a homologue of ethyl alcohol, similar in its properties, when used externally, to the latter, but more toxic when taken internally; used as an ingredient of various cosmetics and of medicinal preparations for external use; also available as isopropyl rubbing alcohol, which contains 68 to 72% of isopropyl alcohol (by volume) in water; used as a rubefacient.

Synonym(s): dimethylcarbinol, isopropanol

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