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- The family name of a group of organic chemical compounds that includes methanol, ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and others. Ethanol is produced from crops or residues with a high carbohydrate content. Alcoholic beverages contain ethanol, and ethanol is blended with gasoline to produce gasohol. Most industrial ethanol produced in the U.S. is from corn wet-milling.
- Hydrocarbon derivative containing an --OH group attached to a carbon atom not in an aromatic ring.
- The common name for the substance with the chemical names ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Produced during fermentation of sugars by yeasts, it is the characteristic component of alcohol beverages.
Source: Biotechnology Glossary