Adjective "menthol" definition and examples

(Menthol may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A crystalline alcohol with a minty taste and odour, found in peppermint and other natural oils. It is used as a flavouring and in decongestants and analgesics.
  1. 'If you lip balm contains phenol, camphor, menthol, peppermint oil or eucalyptus, it's most likely making your lips more chapped than not.'
  2. 'We are pleased to learn that Noxzema, with its camphor, menthol and eucalyptus, worked so well for you.'
  3. 'Any products that contain alcohol or menthol should be avoided because they remove natural lipids and may worsen the skin's reaction.'
  4. 'Listerine also contains essential oils from herbs including eucalyptol, thymol, methyl salicylate and menthol.'
  5. 'If you prefer an after-shave product, be wary of those that contain alcohol or menthol; these ingredients can irritate the skin.'
  6. 'The combination of thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and menthol in an alcohol base may have antifungal activity.'
  7. 'We suspect that the aromatic oils, camphor, menthol and eucalyptol, are responsible for the relief.'
  8. 'A. Vicks VapoRub contains quite a few herbal derivatives, including menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil, cedarleaf oil, nutmeg oil, thymol and turpentine oil.'
  9. 'After about one hour, he got bored with the task at hand, lit a menthol cigarette, and headed out to the balcony to watch the rain and all the rush hour traffic, as it fought its way through the bad weather and around the giant tree in the road.'
  10. 'Outside the United States, products sold as toothpaste sometimes include ground tobacco mixed with menthol, oil of cloves, peppermint and other flavorings.'

More definitions

1. Also called hexahydrothymol, peppermint camphor. Chemistry, Pharmacology. a colorless, crystalline, slightly water-soluble alcohol, C 1 0 H 2 0 O, obtained from peppermint oil or synthesized: used chiefly in perfumes, confections, cigarettes, and liqueurs and in medicine for colds and nasal disorders for its cooling effect on mucous membranes.

2. a mentholated cigarette. adjective

3. containing menthol; mentholated.

More examples(as adjective)

"smokers can be menthol."

"flavors can be menthol."

"entries can be menthol."

"cigarettes can be menthol."


Late 19th century: from German, from Latin mentha ‘mint’ + -ol.