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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Ethanol is a member of the drug class miscellaneous uncategorized agents.


Ph. Int.

ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Pharmaceutic aid

Hyperemic agent


Antiseptic agent, topical

Chemical Name

Ethyl alcohol (Ph. Int.)

Foreign Names

  • Ethanolum anhydricum (Latin)
  • Ethanol anhydrat (German)
  • Éthanol anhydre (French)
  • Alcohol absoluto (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Anhydrous Ethanol (OS: JAN)
  • Absolute alcohol (IS)
  • Äthanol (IS)
  • Dehydrated alcohol (IS)
  • Ethanol 100% v/v (IS)
  • Ethanol, wasserfreies (IS)
  • Ethyl hydrate (IS)
  • Ethyl hydroxide (IS)
  • EtOH (IS)
  • Spiritus (IS)
  • Anhydrous Ethanol (PH: JP XVII)
  • Ethanol (PH: BP 2018, JP XVI, Ph. Int. 7)
  • Éthanol anhydre (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Ethanol, anhydrous (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Ethanol, wasserfreies (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Ethanolum (PH: Ph. Int. 7)
  • Ethanolum anhydricum (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Ethanol (OS: JAN)
  • UNII-3K9958V90M (IS)
  • Ethanol (PH: JP XVII)
  • Ethanol (96 per cent) (PH: BP 2018)
  • Ethanol 96 per cent (PH: BP 2013, Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Ethanol 96% (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Éthanol à 96 pour cent (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Ethanolum 96 per centum (PH: Ph. Eur. 9)
  • Aethanolum dilutum (IS)
  • Spiritus dilutus (IS)
  • Diluted Alcohol (PH: NF 33)
  • Etanolo 70 per cento (PH: Ph. Helv. 11)
  • Ethanol 70% (PH: ÖAB 2017, Ph. Helv. 11)
  • Éthanol à 70 pour cent (PH: Ph. Helv. 11)
  • Ethanol for Disinfection (PH: JP XVII)
  • Ethanols, Dilute (PH: BP 2018)
  • Ethanolum 70 per centum (PH: ÖAB 2017, Ph. Helv. 11)
  • Ethanol-Wasser-Gemische (PH: DAB 10)

Brand Names


ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Ph. Int.Pharmacopoea Internationalis

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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