phe·​no·​lic | \ fi-ˈnō-lik How to pronounce phenolic (audio) , -ˈnä- How to pronounce phenolic (audio) \

Definition of phenolic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a phenol
b : containing or derived from a phenol
2 : of, relating to, or being a phenolic



Definition of phenolic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a usually thermosetting resin or plastic made by condensation of a phenol with an aldehyde and used especially for molding and insulating and in coatings and adhesives

called also phenolic resin

Examples of phenolic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The phenolic glucosides become toxic again, and the whiteflies die. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Mar. 2021 The whitefly would have to ingest those phenolic glycosides when feeding on the tomato plant and that would usually kill it. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Mar. 2021 Its antioxidants, micronutrients, and phenolic compounds are universally agreed to be good to our systems. Tamar Adler, Vogue, 10 Mar. 2021 Pineapples are rich in flavonoids and phenolic acids, which both have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in our bodies. Katy Severson,, 26 Feb. 2021 Support healthy digestion: The fiber content of prunes may be to thank for their laxative effect, but scientists point to the combination of fiber, phenolic compounds and sorbitol within prunes that are likely what does the trick. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, 18 Feb. 2021 In addition, elderberry contains antioxidants called polyphenols, mostly in the form of anthocyanins, flavonols, phenolic acids and proanthocyanidins, as well as terpenes and lectins. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2020 Research suggests that the phenolic compounds in red wine exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Good Housekeeping, 15 June 2020 Red wines have higher phenolic content than white wines, which is why red wine usually gets all the fanfare. Amy Osmond Cook, The Mercury News, 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tetro says to look for active ingredients such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide, quaternary ammonium chloride, and phenolics. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Apr. 2020 Ethanol actually affects the absorption of some of wine's phenolics. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 29 Feb. 2020 Without curing and fermenting, a bitter phenolic compound called oleuropein makes the tiny fruits unpalatable. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 11 Dec. 2018 Some research is investigating coconut oil’s possible connection to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, and VCO does provide phenolic antioxidants, which have been tied to health benefits, including anti-aging., 2 Apr. 2018 Discharges included suspended solids and phenolics, which also impacted dissolved oxygen. Frank Kummer,, 27 Mar. 2018 Peeling the apple may remove important phenolics, as the skin contains significantly more than the flesh. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, 23 Mar. 2018 Blend: 55 percent cabernet franc, 34 percent merlot, 8 percent malbec, 3 percent cabernet sauvignon Judges’ Comments >> Good balance if a bit light … lots of cherry and other fruit that lingers … phenolics are under-ripe, lots of new oak … pound it! Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, 2 June 2017 When peat is used as the fossil fuel to dry malted barley, the resulting whisky is infused with phenolic smoke. Jim Brucker,, 20 June 2017

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circa 1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Phenolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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phe·​no·​lic | \ fi-ˈnō-lik, -ˈnäl-ik \

Medical Definition of phenolic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a phenol also : containing or derived from a phenol



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