What is alcohol?

  • (noun): A liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent.
    Example: "Alcohol (or drink) ruined him"
    Synonyms: alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, inebriant
    See also — Additional definitions below


In chemistry, an alcohol is an organic compound in which the hydroxyl functional group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom. In particular, this carbon center should be saturated, having single bonds to three other atoms.

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Trial Of Michael Jackson - The Trial - Alcohol
... The charges included four counts of administering alcohol to a minor, which the jury could either find was done with intent to molest (a felony charge), or ... that Michael Jackson had served them alcohol ... Gavin testified that the first time he ever drank alcohol was in the wine cellar with Jackson, where he allegedly swallowed a quantity of vodka thinking it was water ...
Index Of Alcohol-related Articles
... Alcohol is any organic compound in which a hydroxyl functional group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom, usually connected to other carbon or hydrogen ... An important class are the simple acyclic alcohols, the general formula for which is CnH2n+1OH ... Of those, ethanol (C2H5OH) is the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages, and in common speech the word alcohol refers specifically to ethanol ...
Alcohol - Occurrence in Nature
... Alcohol has been found outside the Solar System ... It can be found in low densities in star and planetary system forming regions of space ...
Polyvinyl Alcohol - Uses
... Polyvinyl alcohol is the raw material to make other polymers like Polyvinyl nitrate (PVN) It is an ester of nitric acid and polyvinyl alcohol ... acetals are prepared by reacting aldehydes with polyvinyl alcohol ... They are prepared from polyvinyl alcohol by reaction with butyraldehyde and formaldehyde, respectively ...
G Protein-gated Ion Channel - Clinical Significance and Ongoing Research - Alcohol Intoxication
... Alcohol intoxication has been shown to be directly connected to the actions of GIRK channels ... have a hydrophobic pocket that is capable of binding ethanol, the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages ... causes decreased neuronal activity, the result of which manifests as the symptoms of alcohol intoxication ...

More definitions of "alcohol":

  • (noun): Any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation.

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