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    #1

    denatured or denaturated?

    Hello everybody,

    I would like to know which of the following two expressions is correct, however not in "everyday vernacular" but in "professionally chemical vernacular".

    1. denatured ethanol

    or

    2. denaturated ethanol

    I am not sure that the word "denaturated" even exists, because the Oxford dictionary doesn't know it, but the guys from Sigma-Aldrich use it with some of the ethanols they sell.

    Thank you for your help.

    Best wishes, Isny

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    Re: denatured or denaturated?

    I have never come across "denaturated". It looks wrong to me.

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    #3

    Re: denatured or denaturated?

    In my (other) line of work, I do research on chemicals in products we sell. I have never seen "denaturated" and I would assume it was an error. Indeed, having typed it, a red squiggly line has appeared under it in this post, meaning it does not appear in the built-in English dictionary. I see "denatured" a lot.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Oct-2014 at 11:27.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: denatured or denaturated?

    Thank you for the quick responses!
    I thought that "denatured" might be the colloquial form of "denaturated" similar to "alcohol" and "ethanol".
    Now I know better :)

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