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Methane vs. Methanol

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Methanenoun

The simplest aliphatic hydrocarbon, CH4, being a constituent of natural gas.

‘Cattle emit a large amount of methane.’;

Methanolnoun

(organic compound) The simplest aliphatic alcohol, CH3OH; a colourless, toxic, inflammable liquid, used as a solvent, antifreeze, in the chemical industry, and in the preparation of methylated spirit.

Methanenoun

Any of very many derivatives of methane.

Methanolnoun

The simplest alcohol of the paraffin series, CH3.OH; methyl alcohol. Called also wood alcohol. It is used as an antifreeze solvent, as a fuel, and as a denaturant for ethyl alcohol.

Methanenoun

A light, colorless, gaseous, inflammable hydrocarbon, CH4; marsh gas. It is the simplest of the aliphatic hydrocarbons. See Marsh gas, under Gas.

Methanolnoun

a light volatile flammable poisonous liquid alcohol; used as an antifreeze and solvent and fuel and as a denaturant for ethyl alcohol

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Methanenoun

a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel

Methanolnoun

a toxic, colourless, volatile flammable liquid alcohol, made chiefly by oxidizing methane.

Methane

Methane (US: , UK: ) is a chemical compound with the chemical formula CH4 (one atom of carbon and four atoms of hydrogen). It is a group-14 hydride and the simplest alkane and is the main constituent of natural gas.

Methanol

Methanol, also known as methyl alcohol amongst other names, is a chemical and the simplest alcohol, with the formula CH3OH (a methyl group linked to a hydroxyl group, often abbreviated MeOH). It is a light, volatile, colourless, flammable liquid with a distinctive alcoholic odour similar to that of ethanol (potable alcohol).

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