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phenol

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noun phe·nol \ˈfē-ˌnōl, -ˌnȯl, fi-ˈ\

Definition of phenol

  1. 1 :  a corrosive poisonous crystalline acidic compound C6H5OH present in the tars of coal and wood that in dilute solution is used as a disinfectant

  2. 2 :  any of various acidic compounds analogous to phenol and regarded as hydroxyl derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons



Origin of phenol

International Scientific Vocabulary phen- + 3-ol


First Known Use: circa 1852


Medical Dictionary

phenol

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noun phe·nol \ˈfē-ˌnōl, -ˌnȯl, fi-ˈ\

Medical Definition of phenol

  1. 1:  a corrosive poisonous crystalline acidic compound C6H5OH present in coal tar and wood tar that is used in the manufacture of resins and plastics, dyes, and pharmaceuticals (as aspirin) and as a topical anesthetic in dilute solution—called also carbolic, carbolic acid, hydroxybenzene

  2. 2:  any of various acidic compounds analogous to phenol and regarded as hydroxyl derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons




Learn More about phenol

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "phenol" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "phenol"


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