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an alcohol from various mint oils or produced synthetically, used locally to relieve itching and by inhalation for treatment of upper respiratory tract disorders.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
A fragrant white crystalline organic compound, C10H20O, obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized. It is used in perfumes, in cigarettes, as a mild topical anesthetic, and as a mint flavoring.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
An aromatic oil first obtained from peppermint (Mentha piperita), now primarily produced synthetically, it is used topically for arthritic pain, haemorrhoids, itching and sore muscles; it is added to cough medicines and throat lozenges.
Pure menthol oil is toxic—as little as 5.0 mL may be fatal.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
mentholAn aromatic oil from peppermint–Mentha piperita or produced synthetically, used topically for arthritic pain, hemorrhoids, itching, sore muscles and orally in cough medicines and throat lozenges Toxicity Pure menthol oil is toxic–5 mL may be fatal. See Botanical toxicity, Herbal medicine, Poisonous plants; Cf Peppermint, Wintergreen.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
An organic compound made either synthetically or from peppermint or other mint oils useful as a local anesthetic, an antipruritic, and a counterirritant. It is also available as a dietary supplement or natural medicine in the form of peppermint oil.
[L. menta, mint]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
mentholA volatile oil used as a local application to relieve itching or as an embrocation. Menthol can also be used as an inhalant to relieve nasal congestion. Excessive inhalation can be dangerous and menthol can cause skin allergy. Brand names of preparations for external use containing menthol are Balmosa, Fradol, Radian B and Salonpas.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
An alcohol obtained from peppermint 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.
[L. menta, mint]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012