car·​bol·​ic kär-ˈbä-lik How to pronounce carbolic (audio)

Examples of carbolic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The carbolic is still kicking around. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 13 May 2021 But Lister lives into his own fame, and there was this carbolic-acid popularity explosion and kinds of funny things happen. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carbolic was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Carbolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


car·​bol·​ic kär-ˈbäl-ik How to pronounce carbolic (audio)
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