Moore, James Alexander Formerly, Department of Chemistry, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
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The first member of the homologous series of alkanols, with the formula CH3OH. This compound was originally obtained by the destructive distillation of wood as a by-product in the preparation of charcoal, hence the older name wood alcohol. Methanol is a highly flammable liquid, boiling point 64.7°C (149°F), and is miscible with water and most organic liquids. It is a highly poisonous substance; sublethal amounts can cause permanent blindness. See also: Alcohol
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