phenol

noun phe·nol \ ˈfē-ˌnōl , -ˌnȯl ; fi-ˈnōl , -ˈnȯl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of phenol

International Scientific Vocabulary phen- + 3-ol


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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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