rubbing alcohol
noun Date: circa 1931 a cooling and soothing liquid for external application that contains approximately 70 percent denatured ethanol or isopropanol

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Rubbing alcohol — Rubbing alcohol, USP / B.P. is a liquid prepared and used primarily for topical application. It is prepared from a special denaturized alcohol solution and contains 68.5 71.5% by volume of pure, concentrated ethanol (ethyl alcohol) [See… …   Wikipedia

  • rubbing alcohol — n. any of various liquid mixtures consisting mainly of either denatured ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, used to cleanse, cool, or soothe the skin …   English World dictionary

  • rubbing alcohol — rubbing .alcohol n [U] AmE a type of alcohol used for cleaning wounds or skin British Equivalent: surgical spirit …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rubbing alcohol — rubbing ,alcohol noun uncount a liquid used for cleaning cuts or treating injuries to the skin …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rubbing alcohol — noun lotion consisting of a poisonous solution of isopropyl alcohol or denatured ethanol alcohol for external use • Hypernyms: ↑lotion, ↑application * * * noun [noncount] US : a liquid that contains alcohol and water and that is used to clean… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rubbing alcohol — N UNCOUNT Rubbing alcohol is a liquid which is used to clean wounds or surgical instruments. [AM] (in BRIT, use surgical spirit) …   English dictionary

  • rubbing alcohol — rub·bing alcohol rəb iŋ . n a cooling and soothing liquid for external application that contains approximately 70 percent denatured ethanol or isopropyl alcohol * * * [USP] a preparation of acetone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and 68.5 to 71.5 per… …   Medical dictionary

  • rubbing alcohol — a poisonous solution of about 70 percent isopropyl or denatured ethyl alcohol, usually containing a perfume oil, used chiefly in massaging. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • rubbing alcohol — noun N. Amer. denatured alcohol used as an antiseptic or in massage …   English new terms dictionary

  • rubbing alcohol — noun (U) AmE a type of alcohol used for cleaning wounds or skin; surgical spirit BrE …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rubbing alcohol — rub′bing al cohol n. pha a poisonous solution of about 70 percent isopropyl or denatured ethyl alcohol, used in massaging • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

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