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alcohol

 [al´kah-hol]
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.

rub·bing al·co·hol

an alcoholic mixture intended for external use; it usually contains 70% by volume of absolute alcohol or isopropyl alcohol; the remainder consists of water, denaturants (with and without coal tar colors), and perfume oils; used as a rubefacient for muscle and joint aches and pains.

rubbing alcohol

n.
A mixture usually consisting of 70 percent isopropyl or absolute alcohol, applied externally to relieve muscle and joint pain.

rubbing alcohol

Etymology: ME, rubben, to scrape; Ar, alkohl, essence
a disinfectant for skin and instruments. It contains 70% isopropyl alcohol by volume, the remainder consisting of water and denaturants, with or without color or perfume. It may cause dryness of the skin. Rubbing alcohol is for external use only and is flammable.

rub·bing al·co·hol

(ROH) (rŭbing alkŏ-hol)
Alcoholic mixture intended for external use; it usually contains 70% by volume of absolute alcohol or isopropyl alcohol; the remainder consists of water, denaturants (with and without coal tar colors), and perfume oils; used as a rubefacient for muscle and joint aches and pains.

rub·bing al·co·hol

(rŭbing alkŏ-hol)
Alcoholic mixture intended for external use; used as a rubefacient for muscle and joint aches and pains.
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6 cups) of rubbing alcohol into the plastic cup--enough to cover the clippings.
15) Studies indicate that rubbing alcohol pads on stethoscope diaphragms can reduce bacterial colonization, and it has been suggested that cleansing of stethoscopes daily may be as effective as more frequent cleaning.
If the tester lights up but the armatures don't move, clean them with rubbing alcohol.
Ink: Spray liberally with hairspray or saturate with rubbing alcohol.
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Prepare to fight stains by putting together an emergency kit of Woolite, talcum, a sponge, rubbing alcohol, Shout spray, an eyedropper filled with one part vinegar and two parts water, and paper towels.
Q On page 37 of Curt Wells' article in the March/April '04 issue, he mentions using rubbing alcohol to clean arrow shafts, but he doesn't say whether it should be 70 percent or 91 percent.
The website adds, 'The cigarettes taste like rubbing alcohol and smell like gasoline when they burn.
And an employee remembered the so-called kits consisted of nothing more than Q-tips, gauze pads and rubbing alcohol.
I use 70% rubbing alcohol to flush a sterile intermittent catheter after first use and before reuse, along with waterless hand cleaner for cath-site cleaning.
These applications include beer and wine bottling, distilled spirits bottling, perfume and cologne packaging and pharmaceutical product packaging such as rubbing alcohol.