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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


Examples of phenolic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Nutritional status, antioxidant activity and total phenolic content of different fruits and vegetables’ peels Amy Bragagnini. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2024 Researchers think that this effect could be because of prunes’ anti-inflammatory effects, phenolic compounds, and bone health-supporting micronutrients. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Ld, Verywell Health, 22 Mar. 2024 The researchers fed the whiteflies a diet containing the toxic phenolic glycosides, with a control group receiving a solution without the toxin. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Mar. 2021 The phenolic compounds in propolis lend to the aforementioned properties, and extracts exist for topical application. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 27 Feb. 2024 Specifically, manuka honey contains antioxidants called flavonoids and phenolic acids.5 3. Anthea Levi, Health, 20 Nov. 2023 Fats have an affinity for tannins Red wines typically have more amines, sulfites, flavonoids, and tannins, particularly a phenolic compound with antioxidant properties called resveratrol, also found in grape skins and leaves. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2023 Tannins are complex chemical substances derived from phenolic acids that are found in some fruits and trees. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 1 Oct. 2023 Modern researchers praise it for its extraordinary phenolic content; in one study, of 40 vegetables tested, radicchio placed in the top four. Treehugger Editors, Treehugger, 7 Sep. 2023
These offer a slight upgrade to the classic black phenolic knob, which can only withstand temperatures of up to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Kat Thompson, Bon Appétit, 19 Oct. 2023 What is the relationships among sugar, alcohol level and phenolics? John Mariani, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Tetro says to look for active ingredients such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide, quaternary ammonium chloride, and phenolics. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Mar. 2023 One study found that green or underripe bananas have bioactive compounds, including phenolics and phytosterols, and contain resistant starch, a type of prebiotic present in both the pulp and peel that is beneficial to colon health. Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 21 Mar. 2023 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

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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

Time Traveler
The first known use of phenolic was circa 1872

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“Phenolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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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