[ri-zawr-suh-nawl, -nol or ri-zawr-sin; rez-awr-]
- a white, needlelike, water-soluble solid, C6H6O2, a benzene derivative originally obtained from certain resins, now usually synthesized: used chiefly in making dyes, as a reagent, in tanning, in the synthesis of certain resins, and in medicine in treating certain skin conditions; meta-dihydroxybenzene.
Origin of resorcinol
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It may be synthesized from resorcin and malic anhydride or from β resorcyl aldehyde, acetic anhydride and sodium acetate.
In such cases, if resorcin preparations also fail, the mercurial lotion and ointment employed in acne may be prescribed.
The most efficient applications are those of sulphur and resorcin, the same as prescribed in ordinary acne.
The application of a strong alcoholic solution of resorcin, twenty to fifty per cent.
Lotions of ichthyol and of resorcin, five to sixty grains to the ounce; ichthyol in ointment, five- to twenty-per-cent.
- a colourless crystalline phenol with a sweet taste, used in making dyes, drugs, resins, and adhesives. Formula: C 6 H 4 (OH) 2; relative density: 1.27; melting pt: 111°C; boiling pt at 1 atm.: 276°C
C19: New Latin, from resin + orcinol
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- A white crystalline compound used primarily as an antiseptic in skin diseases such as psoriasis or eczema, but also used in the treatment of nausea, asthma, whooping cough, and diarrhea.
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