naphthol

noun naph·thol \ ˈnaf-ˌthȯl , nonstandard ˈnap- , -ˌthōl \

Definition of naphthol

1 : either of two isomeric derivatives C10H8O of naphthalene used as antiseptics and in the manufacture of dyes
2 : any of various hydroxy derivatives of naphthalene that resemble the simpler phenols

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naphthol

noun naph·thol \ ˈnaf-ˌthȯl , ˈnap- , -ˌthōl \

medical Definition of naphthol

: either of two isomeric derivatives C10H8O of naphthalene found in coal tar or made synthetically:
a : one used chiefly in synthesizing dyes called also alpha-naphthol
b : one used chiefly as an intermediate (as for dyes and pharmaceuticals) and especially formerly in medicine as an antiseptic and parasiticide called also beta-naphthol

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