urushiol

noun
uru·​shi·​ol | \yu̇-ˈrü-shē-ˌȯl, u̇-ˈrü-, -ˌōl\

Definition of urushiol 

: a mixture of catechol derivatives with saturated or unsaturated side chains of 15 or 17 carbon atoms that is an oily toxic irritant substance present in poison ivy and some related plants (such as poison oak and poison sumac)

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All parts of the plant contain an oily chemical called urushiol that, in most people, causes a severe allergic reaction on contact. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "How to remove poison ivy from your yard safely," 28 June 2017 Remember that urushiol can cling to surfaces and be transferred to skin. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "How to remove poison ivy from your yard safely," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of urushiol

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for urushiol

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Japanese urushi lacquer + International Scientific Vocabulary -ol entry 1

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urushiol

noun
uru·​shi·​ol | \(y)u̇-ˈrü-shē-ˌȯl, -ˌōl \

Medical Definition of urushiol 

: a mixture of pyrocatechol derivatives with saturated or unsaturated side chains of 15 or 17 carbon atoms that is an oily toxic irritant principle present in poison ivy and some related plants of the genus Rhus

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