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[ri-zawr-suh-nawl, -nol or ri-zawr-sin; rez-awr-] /rɪˈzɔr səˌnɔl, -ˌnɒl or rɪˈzɔr sɪn; rɛzˈɔr-/
noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a white, needlelike, water-soluble solid, C 6 H 6 O 2 , 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
First recorded in 1880-85; res(in) + orcinol Unabridged
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a colourless crystalline phenol with a sweet taste, used in making dyes, drugs, resins, and adhesives. Formula: C6H4(OH)2; relative density: 1.27; melting pt: 111°C; boiling pt at 1 atm.: 276°C
Derived Forms
resorcinal, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from resin + orcinol
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resorcin in Medicine

resorcinol res·or·cin·ol (rĭ-zôr'sə-nôl', -nōl') or res·or·cin (-sĭn)
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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