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Pronunciation: men'thol

Definition: An alcohol obtained from peppermint oil or other mint oils, or prepared synthetically; used as an antipruritic and topical anesthetic; in nasal sprays; cough drops, and inhalers; and as a flavoring agent.

Synonym(s): peppermint camphor

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