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phe·​no·​lic fi-ˈnō-lik How to pronounce phenolic (audio) -ˈnä- How to pronounce phenolic (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a phenol
: containing or derived from a phenol
: of, relating to, or being a phenolic


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: 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


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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. Good Housekeeping, 24 Jan. 2023 Based on data gathered from those initial boreholes, the operator came up with the current fire-fighting plan involving extensive drilling, phenolic foam, water pumping and mine flooding. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Dec. 2022 The new plan, approved by the BLM on Oct. 21, is to drill 35 boreholes from six pads, construct temporary roads to access these drill sites and an aboveground pipeline, and to seal the mine with a cavity-filling compound known as phenolic foam. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Oct. 2022 Strawberries are also high in many phenolic compounds including ellagic acid and flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory properties which can positively support the skin and even help repair damage to skin cells. Jaclyn London, M.s., R.d., Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2022 The two most common coffee species are arabica and robusta, and research shows robusta coffee has a higher phenolic content than arabica coffee. Megan Marples, CNN, 1 June 2022 Ginger contains gingerol, a powerful disease-fighting phenolic compound with antioxidant properties, found in the rhizome's natural oils. Melissa Matthews, Men's Health, 24 Aug. 2022 The temperature swings can be very extreme, providing crisp acidity but phenolic maturity. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 It was first made of phenolic resin layers and later revised to aluminum frame bars. Outside Online, 31 Aug. 2021
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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of phenolic was circa 1872

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“Phenolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
fi-ˈnō-lik, -ˈnäl-ik
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a phenol
also : containing or derived from a phenol


2 of 2 noun
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