pyrogallol

noun
py·​ro·​gal·​lol | \ ˌpī-rō-ˈga-ˌlȯl How to pronounce pyrogallol (audio) , -ˌlōl; -ˈgȯ- How to pronounce pyrogallol (audio) \

Definition of pyrogallol

: a poisonous bitter crystalline phenol C6H6O3 with weak acid properties that is usually obtained by pyrolysis of gallic acid and used especially as a mild reducing agent (as in photographic developing)

First Known Use of pyrogallol

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyrogallol

International Scientific Vocabulary pyro- + gallic (acid) + -ol entry 1

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The first known use of pyrogallol was in 1868

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“Pyrogallol.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyrogallol. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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pyrogallol

noun
py·​ro·​gal·​lol | \ -ˈgal-ˌȯl How to pronounce pyrogallol (audio) , -ˌōl; -ˈgȯ-ˌlȯl How to pronounce pyrogallol (audio) , -ˌlōl How to pronounce pyrogallol (audio) \

Medical Definition of pyrogallol

: a poisonous crystalline phenol C6H6O3 formerly used as a topical antimicrobial (as in the treatment of psoriasis)

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