phenol

noun
phe·​nol | \ˈfē-ˌnōl, -ˌnȯl;fi-ˈnōl, -ˈnȯl \

Definition of phenol 

1 : a corrosive poisonous crystalline acidic compound C6H5OH present in the tars of coal and wood that in dilute solution is used as a disinfectant

2 : any of various acidic compounds analogous to phenol and regarded as hydroxyl derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons

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As the trial opened last week, prosecutor Andreas Brendel detailed how prisoners were killed by being given lethal injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts, shot or starved. David Rising, The Seattle Times, "Former SS guard testifies he was aware of camp conditions," 13 Nov. 2018 Yet the list of ingredients (one version contains phenol, a potential irritant) didn’t sit well with her. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Meet Moon Juice’s Next Cult Creation: Skin Care With Super-herbs," 7 June 2018 Dark chocolate is touted for its sky-high levels of antioxidants like phenols, natural plant compounds that have been shown to protect your heart and improve memory. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "These 10 Foods Are Cheaper and Healthier Than Pricey 'Superfoods'," 24 Nov. 2014 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, phenol is an acid in both substance and vapor form that is corrosive to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Chemical spill at Chicago-area medical clinic sends at least 15 to hospital," 28 Mar. 2018 Tests showed the soil and quarries were contaminated with hazards including cyanide, arsenic, mercury, fluorene, ammonia, phenol and other volatile organic compounds. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "EPA settlement at Upper Merion Superfund site could make way for new apartments," 26 Mar. 2018 Initially, the company reported a half ton of phenol, which can burn skin and be potentially fatal, was spilled. Time, "'Nothing Short of Catastrophic.' Hurricane Harvey's Toxic Impact Worse Than Publicly Reported, Records Show," 22 Mar. 2018 Initially, the company reported a half ton of phenol, which can burn skin and be potentially fatal, was spilled. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told," 22 Mar. 2018 Initially, the company reported a half ton of phenol, which can burn skin and be potentially fatal, was spilled. CBS News, "Hurricane Harvey's toxic impact deeper than public told," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of phenol

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phenol

International Scientific Vocabulary phen- + -ol entry 3

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phenol

noun
phe·​nol | \ˈfē-ˌnōl, -ˌnȯl, fi-ˈ\

Medical Definition of phenol 

1 : a corrosive poisonous crystalline acidic compound C6H5OH present in coal tar and wood tar that is used in the manufacture of resins and plastics, dyes, and pharmaceuticals (as aspirin) and as a topical anesthetic in dilute solution

called also carbolic, carbolic acid, hydroxybenzene

2 : any of various acidic compounds analogous to phenol and regarded as hydroxyl derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons

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