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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n menthol a lotion containing menthol which gives it the smell of mint
    • n menthol a crystalline compound that has the cool and minty taste and odor that occurs naturally in peppermint oil; used as a flavoring and in medicine to relieve itching, pain, and nasal congestion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the first menthol cigarette in the United States was "Spud."
    • n menthol (Chem) A white, crystalline, aromatic substance (C10H20O) resembling camphor, extracted from oil of peppermint (Mentha); -- called also mint camphor or peppermint camphor. It has the peculiar effect on skin and membranes of making them feel cool, and is used in liqueurs, confections, cigarettes, cough drops and perfumes, among other things.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n menthol In chem., a solid crystalline body (C10H20O1) which separates from oil of peppermint on standing. It has the odor of peppermint, melts at 108 F., and volatilizes unchanged at a higher temperature. It is used in medicine as a local application in neuralgia. Also called peppermint-camphor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Menthol men′thol a camphor obtained from oil of peppermint by cooling, which gives relief in neuralgia, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Mentha, + -ol,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mentha, mint.


In literature:

Still applying the menthol she held the receiver to her ear.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
It was a sensation not unlike that produced by a menthol pencil rubbed ever so gently over a fevered brow.
"A Mind That Found Itself" by Clifford Whittingham Beers
Use the following treatment on the erupted parts: Menthol, ten grains in one ounce of cold cream.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
C.; total menthol, 70-90 per cent., of which 65-85 per cent.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
Rubbing the forehead with a menthol pencil will afford some relief.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
Menthol is used in medicine to relieve pain, as in rheumatism, neuralgia, throat affections and toothache.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
The itching can be relieved by the use of lotions of carbolic acid (2-3 per cent), camphor, menthol lotion, or carbolated vaseline.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
Then you would have met Lady Neuraline Menthol.
"Puppets at Large" by F. Anstey
Emmie was to keep menthol in it, Ethan said, and to sniff the aromatic remedy through the open-work inner lid of gold.
"The Open Question" by Elizabeth Robins
Salicylate of menthol is an effective local application, painted on and covered with a gutta-percha bandage.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 3" by Various
Menthol spray in proportion of fifteen grains of menthol to one ounce of alboline.
"Nurses' Papers on Tuberculosis :" by Various
Peppermint, once a sovereign cure for heartburn and "nuralogy," serves us decked with the title of Menthol.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle

In news:

Bushnell, menthols smokerPhoto.
As the noose tightens on menthol products, convenience store retailers are learning to accept the latest limitations placed on tobacco products.
The Food and Drug Administration is conducting an independent review of research on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes.
Kids who smoke menthol more likely to get hooked.
But menthol owes its popularity not only to its fresh taste, but also to its cooling effect on the skin and mucous membranes.
Menthol smokers have more strokes, study finds.
New research suggests that among smokers, those who prefer mentholated cigarettes tend to have more strokes than non- menthol smokers.
Menthol cigarette smokers are more likely to have a history of stroke than smokers who prefer other types of cigarettes, according to a new study published in the April 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
The FDA is considering a menthol -flavoring ban that could save lives, a study says.
Chris Goodney/Bloomberg A pack of Marlboro menthol cigarettes is arranged in this April file photo.
A new study found menthol cigarettes are more addictive than non- menthol ones.
On March 18th, the FDA's Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) issued its final report and set of recommendations on the impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes on the public health.
Menthol cigarettes are more dangerous.
Seven former federal health secretaries joined on Wednesday to protest menthol 's special treatment in a tobacco bill pending in Congress.
The estimated percentage of the $80 billion cigarette market in the United States accounted for by menthol cigarettes.