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 (byo͞o′tə-nôl′, -nōl′, nŏl′)
Either of two isomeric alcohols, C4H10O, derived from butane and used as solvents and in organic synthesis. Also called butyl alcohol.

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(Elements & Compounds) a colourless substance existing in four isomeric forms. The three liquid isomers are used as solvents for resins, lacquers, etc, and in the manufacture of organic compounds. Formula: C4H9OH. Also called: butyl alcohol
[C19: from butan(e) + -ol1]
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bu′tyl al′cohol

any of four flammable isomeric liquid alcohols having the formula C4H9OH, used as solvents and in organic synthesis. Also called butanol.
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Noun1.butanol - a flammable alcohol derived from butanes and used for solvents
alcohol - any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation
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Also, isomeric butanols and pentanols could be used as lower-cost alternatives to using pure n-butanol.
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Hyder, "Molecular interactions in formamide + isomeric butanols: an ultrasonic and volumetric study," Journal of Solution Chemistry, vol.
In order to compare the surface characteristics of the butanols by an alternative methodological approach, the same solutions of different alcohols were subjected to surface tension measurement according to the Du Nouy ring method.
Capacity of 2-EH will increase to 85,000 metric tons and the butanols to 65,000 metric tons per year.
Chemicals that were present in the examined industries were formaldehyde (R23/24/25, R34, R40, R43) in the textile and the wood processing industries, toluene (R11, R38, R48/20, R63, R65, R67), xylene (R10, R20/21, R38J, butanol (R10, R22, R37/38, R41, R67), styrene (R10, R36) and benzene (R11, R45, R48/23/24/25) in the wood processing industry, hydrogen fluoride (R26, R27, R28, R35, R41) in the plastic industry, isopropanol (R11, R36, R67) in the printing industry and welding gases in the mechanical industry.
The second phase consists of plants for: 110,000 t/y of ethylene glycol; 10,000 t/y of ethylene oxide; 150,000 t/y of di-ethyl hexanol; 5,700 t/y of iso-butanol; 5,000 t/y of normal butanol; and 30,000 t/y of ethanol amine.