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Metabolite IDPAMDB000041
Name: Ethanol
Description:Ethanol is a clear, colorless liquid. Many bacteria species, including gut microflora such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, produce ethanol through fermentation in glucose metabolism. (HMDB, KEGG)
  • 1-Hydroxyethane
  • Absolute alcohol
  • Absolute ethanol
  • Absolute ethyl alcohol
  • Aethanol
  • Aethylalkohol
  • Alcare Hand Degermer
  • Alcohol
  • Alcohols
  • Alcool ethylique
  • Alcool etilico
  • Algrain
  • Alkohol
  • Alkoholu etylowego
  • Anhydrol
  • Anhydrous alcohol
  • Cologne spirit
  • Cologne spirits
  • Dehydrated alcohol
  • Dehydrated ethanol
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Denatured ethanol
  • Desinfektol EL
  • Diluted Alcohol
  • Distilled spirits
  • Eth
  • Ethanol 200 proof
  • Ethanol solution
  • Ethicap
  • Ethyl alc
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Ethyl alcohol anhydrous
  • Ethyl alcohol in alcoholic beverages
  • Ethyl alcohol usp
  • Ethyl hydrate
  • Ethyl hydric acid
  • Ethyl hydroxide
  • EtOH
  • Fermentation alcohol
  • Grain alcohol
  • Hinetoless
  • Hydroxyethane
  • Infinity Pure
  • Jaysol
  • Jaysol S
  • Lux
  • Methylcarbinol
  • Molasses alcohol
  • Potato alcohol
  • Punctilious ethyl alcohol
  • Pyro
  • Silent spirit
  • Spirit
  • Spirits of wine
  • Spirt
  • Synasol
  • Tecsol
  • Tecsol C
  • Thanol
  • Undenatured Ethanol
Chemical Formula: C2H6O
Average Molecular Weight: 46.0684
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight: 46.041864814
CAS number: 64-17-5
IUPAC Name:ethanol
Traditional IUPAC Name: ethyl alcohol
Chemical Taxonomy
Taxonomy DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as primary alcohols. These are compounds comprising the primary alcohol functional group, with the general structure RCOH (R=alkyl, aryl).
Kingdom Organic compounds
Super ClassOrganooxygen compounds
Class Alcohols and polyols
Sub ClassPrimary alcohols
Direct Parent Primary alcohols
Alternative Parents
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Primary alcohol
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular Framework Aliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Physical Properties
State: Liquid
Melting point: -114.1 °C
Experimental Properties:
Water Solubility:1000.0 mg/mL [RIDDICK,JA et al. (1986)]PhysProp
LogP:-0.31 [HANSCH,C ET AL. (1995)]PhysProp
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility579.0 mg/mLALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)16.47ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)-2.2ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count1ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area20.23 Å2ChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count0ChemAxon
Refractivity13.01 m3·mol-1ChemAxon
Polarizability5.3 Å3ChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations: Cytoplasm
  • Glycolysis / Gluconeogenesis pae00010
  • Microbial metabolism in diverse environments pae01120
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-MSNot Available
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - EI-B (HITACHI RMU-7M) , Positivesplash10-001j-9000000000-a705823ce4aeba7f89e1View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-0002-9000000000-d75d9996bc68c673f090View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-0002-9000000000-893c2599624722912f25View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-004i-9000000000-8af4124822065023744fView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-0002-9000000000-22231ed69c5f28bfed79View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-0002-9000000000-d2881505c47bbef13f18View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-0002-9000000000-2ed988bb761ac20ba44aView in MoNA
MSMass Spectrum (Electron Ionization)splash10-003s-9000000000-dabf5a61c5a7da9fbe13View in MoNA
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot Available
1D NMR13C NMR SpectrumNot Available
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot Available
1D NMR13C NMR SpectrumNot Available
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot Available
1D NMR13C NMR SpectrumNot Available
2D NMR[1H,1H] 2D NMR SpectrumNot Available
2D NMR[1H,13C] 2D NMR SpectrumNot Available
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Synthesis Reference: Lashley, David. Process for producing an alcoholic sugar cane juice beverage. U.S. (1988), 3 pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 4784859 A 19881115 CAN 110:113222 AN 1989:113222
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Download (PDF)
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Pubchem Compound ID702
Kegg IDC00469
ChemSpider ID682
Ligand ExpoOXA


General function:
Involved in zinc ion binding
Specific function:
Has high formaldehyde dehydrogenase activity in the presence of glutathione and catalyzes the oxidation of normal alcohols in a reaction that is not GSH-dependent. In addition, hemithiolacetals other than those formed from GSH, including omega-thiol fatty acids, also are substrates
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Molecular weight:
39.2 kDa
S-(hydroxymethyl)glutathione + NAD(P)(+) = S-formylglutathione + NAD(P)H.
An alcohol + NAD(+) = an aldehyde or ketone + NADH.