nitrophenol

noun ni·tro·phenol \"+\

Definition of nitrophenol

  1. 1 :  a nitro derivative of phenol: such as a :  a yellow crystalline compound O2NC6H4OH used chiefly in organic synthesis —called also ortho-nitrophenol b :  a colorless to yellowish isomeric compound O2NC6H4OH used chiefly as an acid-base indicator, as a fungicide, and in organic synthesis —called also para-nitrophenol

  2. 2 usually nitro phenol :  a nitro derivative of any of the class of phenols

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of nitrophenol

International Scientific Vocabulary nitr- + phenol


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up nitrophenol? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to help become familiar with something

Get Word of the Day daily email!