phenylethyl alcohol

noun

phe·​nyl·​eth·​yl alcohol ˈfen-ᵊl-ˈeth-əl-, ˈfēn- How to pronounce phenylethyl alcohol (audio)
: a fragrant liquid alcohol C8H10O that is found in rose oil and neroli oil but is usually made synthetically and that is used in flavorings and perfumes and as an antibacterial preservative especially in ophthalmic solutions with limited effectiveness

called also phenethyl alcohol

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“Phenylethyl alcohol.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/phenylethyl%20alcohol. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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