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or OL. O.L

Old Latin.


(in prescriptions) oil.
Origin of Ol.
From the Latin word oleum


or o.l

(in prescriptions) the left eye.
From the Latin word oculus laevus


a suffix used in the names of chemical derivatives, representing “alcohol” (glycerol; naphthol; phenol), or sometimes “phenol” or less definitely assignable phenol derivatives (resorcinol).
short for alcohol or phenol


variant of -ole2 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for OL
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  • The OL jellyfish wouldnt a had the nerve to inform without backin, as sure as a stone wall.

  • An' I hopes, OL girl,' says he, 'that you'll be able t' boil the water 'ithout burnin' it.'

  • It was, however, a wonderful voyage that OL Luckoi had taken him that night.

    Wonderful Stories for Children Hans Christian Andersen
  • They peered over, and from out of the blackness they were hailed by a faint "OL!"

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Id risk every thing I got, down to my very hide, sez the OL man, earnest to a degree.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • There is nobody in all this world who knows so many tales as OL Luckoi!

    Wonderful Stories for Children Hans Christian Andersen
  • An to see her an hear her, youd ha thought she owned the OL Corner House.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
  • I'd like to put an OLd label on to him round the middle like his bottles are, with OL Pondo on it.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • Li devus atenti sian laboron pli, OL li faris, kaj tiuokaze li ne estus difektinta ĝin.

  • So we fell to, OL Bill Hulk an me, on the Scotch an the pain-killer.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for OL


denoting an organic chemical compound containing a hydroxyl group, esp alcohols and phenols: ethanol, quinol
Word Origin
from alcohol


combining form
(not used systematically) a variant of -ole1
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Word Origin and History for OL


word-forming element in chemistry, variously representing alcohol, phenol, or in some cases Latin oleum "oil" (see oil (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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OL in Medicine

-ol 1
An alcohol or a phenol: glycerol.

-ol 2
Variant of -ole.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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OL in Science
A suffix used to form the names of chemical compounds having a hydroxyl (OH) group, such as ethanol.
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