phenol

noun
phe·​nol | \ ˈfē-ˌnōl How to pronounce phenol (audio) , -ˌnȯl; fi-ˈnōl, -ˈnȯl How to pronounce phenol (audio) \

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

Examples of phenol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next to Bruichladdich’s Octomores, Ardbeg has the peatiest whiskies in all of Scotland, as measured by phenol parts per million. Tony Sachs, Robb Report, 23 Oct. 2019 Wildfire smoke carries potentially damaging volatile phenol compounds that can penetrate grape skins. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 Jan. 2022 Deepak Mehta, chairman of Deepak Nitrite, makes his debut with a net worth of $2.05 billion thanks to a threefold rise in the company’s stock price amid rising demand for phenol, used in laminates, plywoods and paints. Anu Raghunathan, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 More than 60,000 people were killed there by being given lethal injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts, or being shot or starved. Kirsten Grieshaber, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 More than 60,000 people were killed there by being given lethal injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts, shot or starved. David Rising, Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 More than 60,000 people were killed there by being given lethal injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts, shot or starved. David Rising, Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 More than 60,000 people were killed there by being given lethal injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts, shot or starved. David Rising, Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 More than 60,000 people were killed there by being given lethal injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts, shot or starved. David Rising, Star Tribune, 5 Feb. 2021 See More

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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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6 Apr 2022

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“Phenol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phenol. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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phenol

noun
phe·​nol | \ ˈfē-ˌnōl How to pronounce phenol (audio) , -ˌnȯl How to pronounce phenol (audio) , 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

More from Merriam-Webster on phenol

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about phenol

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