ni·​tro·​phenol | \ "+ \

Definition of nitrophenol

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

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History and Etymology for nitrophenol

International Scientific Vocabulary nitr- + phenol

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“Nitrophenol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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