variants: or pheno-

Definition of phen-

1 : related to or derived from benzene phenol
2 : containing phenyl phenobarbital

History and Etymology for phen-

obsolete phene benzene, from French phène, from Greek phainein to show; from its occurrence in illuminating gas — more at fancy

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“Phen-.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phen-. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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