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
variant of -ole2.
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suffix forming nouns
denoting an organic chemical compound containing a hydroxyl group, esp alcohols and phenolsethanol; quinol
Word Origin for -ol
n combining form
(not used systematically) a variant of -ole 1
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A suffix used to form the names of chemical compounds having a hydroxyl (OH) group, such as ethanol.
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