phenylethyl alcohol

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1. any organic compound containing the hydroxy (-OH) functional group except those in which the OH group is attached to an aromatic ring, which are called phenols. Alcohols are classified as primary, secondary, or tertiary according to whether the carbon atom to which the OH group is attached is bonded to one, two, or three other carbon atoms and as monohydric, dihydric, or trihydric according to whether they contain one, two, or three OH groups; the latter two are called diols and triols, respectively.
2. an official preparation of ethanol, used as a disinfectant, solvent, and preservative, and applied topically as a rubbing compound, disinfectant, astringent, hemostatic, and coolant.
absolute alcohol dehydrated a.
benzyl alcohol a colorless liquid used as a bacteriostatic in solutions for injection and as a topical local anesthetic.
dehydrated alcohol an extremely hygroscopic, transparent, colorless, volatile liquid used as a solvent and injected into nerves and ganglia for relief of pain. Called also absolute a.
denatured alcohol ethanol made unfit for human consumption by the addition of substances known as denaturants. Although it should never be taken internally, denatured alcohol is widely used on the skin as a disinfectant.
ethyl alcohol (grain alcohol) ethanol.
isopropyl alcohol a transparent, volatile colorless liquid used as a solvent and disinfectant and applied topically as an antiseptic; called also isopropanol. Diluted with water to approximately 70 per cent strength, it is called isopropyl rubbing alcohol and is used as a rubbing compound.
methyl alcohol methanol.
pantothenyl alcohol dexpanthenol.
phenethyl alcohol (phenylethyl alcohol) a colorless liquid used as an antimicrobial agent in pharmaceuticals.
rubbing alcohol a preparation of acetone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and ethanol, used as a rubefacient.
wood alcohol methanol.
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phen·yl·eth·yl al·co·hol

(fen'il-eth'il al'kŏ-hol),
A natural constituent of some volatile oils (rose, geranium, neroli); used as an antibacterial agent in ophthalmic solutions.
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phenylethyl alcohol

An antibacterial agent that has been used as a preservative in ophthalmic solutions.
See also: alcohol
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Sorption data for phenylethyl alcohol in the thick samples, collected using the immersion/blotting/weighing method, are displayed in Fig.
However, for practical calculations of the sorption of phenylethyl alcohol by bromobutyl rubber, a simple diffusion model is adequate at all three temperatures, with the understanding that the diffusion coefficient so obtained is an "apparent" or "effective" value.
If indeed the 30 [degrees] experiments were stopped just short of equilibrium, then the equilibrium solubility of phenylethyl alcohol in bromobutyl rubber does not vary significantly from 30 [degrees] C to 50 [degrees] C.
It was confirmed that the initial rapid weight loss was not due to something other than evaporation in separate experiments in which several drops of phenylethyl alcohol were placed on the electrobalance and allowed to evaporate under the same conditions.
This would be the expected behavior for phenylethyl alcohol in bromobutyl rubber, since the polymer strongly absorbs and is swollen by the penetrant.
Furthermore, this weight change was positive for all but one of these samples, indicating that either a trace amount of phenylethyl alcohol remained in the samples, or that a small systematic error existed as a result of the fact that the initial and final weights were recorded on different balances.