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  1. a suffix used in the names of chemical derivatives, representing “alcohol” (glycerol; naphthol; phenol), or sometimes “phenol” or less definitely assignable phenol derivatives (resorcinol).
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Origin of -ol1

short for alcohol or phenol


  1. variant of -ole2.
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British Dictionary definitions for -ol


suffix forming nouns
  1. denoting an organic chemical compound containing a hydroxyl group, esp alcohols and phenolsethanol; quinol
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Word Origin

from alcohol


n combining form
  1. (not used systematically) a variant of -ole 1
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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.)).

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-ol in Science


  1. A suffix used to form the names of chemical compounds having a hydroxyl (OH) group, such as ethanol.
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