phenolic

adjective
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

phenolic

noun

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, "Move over red wine: White wine is good for heart health and weight loss," 13 Sep. 2019 They’re all made on different types of materials: carbon fiber, fiber glass, phenolic materials, even woods and plastic. Wonbo Woo, WIRED, "How to Make a Boomerang You Can Safely Throw Indoors," 5 June 2019 Available from the flooring manufacturers, these blocks are usually made from phenolic resin or some other tough plastic. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017 They’re all made on different types of materials: carbon fiber, fiber glass, phenolic materials, even woods and plastic. Wonbo Woo, WIRED, "How to Make a Boomerang You Can Safely Throw Indoors," 5 June 2019 Boiled broccoli retains only 40% of the phenolic content of the raw vegetable. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Eat Broccoli Every Single Day," 21 Mar. 2018 Available from the flooring manufacturers, these blocks are usually made from phenolic resin or some other tough plastic. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017 E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall The lobby wall is being renovated with phenolic panels, which were chosen to preserve the architectural significance of the building, while withstanding its unique environmental conditions. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "How are construction projects faring at University of Akron?," 9 Aug. 2017 Ardbeg peat, though, is much less phenolic and medicinal than Laphroaig, and while the spirit remains quite powerful, this subtlety enables other characteristics of Ardbeg to shine through, particularly the wood used for maturation. Jim Brucker, chicagotribune.com, "A taste of Russian wood in a new scotch from Ardbeg," 20 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Without curing and fermenting, a bitter phenolic compound called oleuropein makes the tiny fruits unpalatable. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "It Turns Out Olives Are Actually Fruits and Not Vegetables," 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. Health.com, "Everything You've Ever Wondered About Coconut Oil, Explained," 2 Apr. 2018 Discharges included suspended solids and phenolics, which also impacted dissolved oxygen. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Pa. second in U.S. for excessive industry discharges into waterways, says report," 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, "Why Apples Are One of the Best Fruits You Can Possibly Eat," 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, "Is this $290 cabernet franc worth it?," 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, chicagotribune.com, "A taste of Russian wood in a new scotch from Ardbeg," 20 June 2017 When red wines are iced, the same phenolic compounds that supply their color and flavor (and their antioxidant properties) leave an off-putting sandpapery sensation in the mouth. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: Crios Rosé of Malbec," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of phenolic

Adjective

circa 1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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phenolic

adjective
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

phenolic

noun

Medical Definition of phenolic (Entry 2 of 2)

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