Meaning of PHENOL in English

PHENOL

n.

Pronunciation: ' f ē - ˌ n ō l, - ˌ no ̇ l, fi- '

Function: noun

Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary phen- + 3 -ol

Date: circa 1852

1 : a corrosive poisonous crystalline acidic compound C 6 H 5 OH present in the tars of coal and wood that in dilute solution is used as a disinfectant

2 : any of various acidic compounds analogous to phenol and regarded as hydroxyl derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons

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