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methyl alcohol  listen  (MEH-thul AL-kuh-hol)

  A type of alcohol used to make antifreeze, pesticides, windshield wiper fluid, paint thinner, certain types of fuel, and other substances. Methyl alcohol catches fire easily and is very poisonous. It is one of many harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Also called methanol and wood alcohol.