Either of two aliphatic alcohols with the formula C4H9OH. Butan-1-ol, CH3(CH2)3OH, is a primary alcohol; r.d. 0.81; m.p. –89.5°C; b.p. 117.3°C. Butan-2-ol, CH3CH(OH)C2H5, is a secondary alcohol; r.d. 0.81; m.p. –114.7°C; b.p. 100°C. Both are colourless volatile liquids obtained from butane and are used as solvents.