pyrocatechol

noun

py·​ro·​cat·​e·​chol ˌpī-rō-ˈka-tə-ˌkȯl How to pronounce pyrocatechol (audio)
-ˌkōl

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pyrocatechol was in 1881

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“Pyrocatechol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyrocatechol. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

pyrocatechol

noun
py·​ro·​cat·​e·​chol ˌpī-rō-ˈkat-ə-ˌkȯl How to pronounce pyrocatechol (audio) -ˌkōl How to pronounce pyrocatechol (audio)
: a crystalline phenol C6H6O2 obtained by pyrolysis of various natural substances (as resins and lignins) but usually made synthetically and used especially as a photographic developer and in organic synthesis

called also catechol

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