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Definition for carbolic-acid (2 of 2)
[ fee-nawl, -nol ]
/ ˈfi nɔl, -nɒl /
Also called carbolic acid, hydroxybenzene, oxybenzene, phenylic acid. a white, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous mass, C6H5OH, obtained from coal tar, or a hydroxyl derivative of benzene: used chiefly as a disinfectant, as an antiseptic, and in organic synthesis.
any analogous hydroxyl derivative of benzene.
Related formsphe·no·lic [fi-noh-lik, -nol-ik] /fɪˈnoʊ lɪk, -ˈnɒl ɪk/, adjectivenon·phe·no·lic, adjective
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Disinfectants and carbolic-acid dressings were used unsparingly.With an Ambulance During the Franco-German War|Charles Edward Ryan
She was, in reality, not so very far removed from the carbolic-acid crisis.The Debtor|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Carbolic acid and ether or carbolic-acid spray may be used instead.
British Dictionary definitions for carbolic-acid (1 of 2)
/ (kɑːˈbɒlɪk) /
another name for phenol, esp when it is used as an antiseptic or disinfectant
Word Origin for carbolic acid
C19: carbolic, from carbo- + -ol 1 + -ic
British Dictionary definitions for carbolic-acid (2 of 2)
/ (ˈfiːnɒl) /
Also called: carbolic acid a white crystalline soluble poisonous acidic derivative of benzene, used as an antiseptic and disinfectant and in the manufacture of resins, nylon, dyes, explosives, and pharmaceuticals; hydroxybenzene. Formula: C 6 H 5 OH
chem any of a class of weakly acidic organic compounds whose molecules contain one or more hydroxyl groups bound directly to a carbon atom in an aromatic ring
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Medicine definitions for carbolic-acid (1 of 2)
[ fē′nôl′, -nōl′ ]
A caustic, poisonous, white crystalline compound derived from benzene and used in pharmaceuticals and in dilute form as an antiseptic.carbolic acid phenic acid
Any of a class of aromatic organic compounds having at least one hydroxyl group attached directly to the benzene ring.
Medicine definitions for carbolic-acid (2 of 2)
[ kär-bŏl′ĭk ]
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Science definitions for carbolic-acid (1 of 2)
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Science definitions for carbolic-acid (2 of 2)
[ fē′nôl′, -nōl′ ]
Any of a class of organic compounds that contain a hydroxyl group (OH) attached to a carbon atom that is part of an aromatic ring. Phenols are similar to alcohols but are more soluble in water, and occur as colorless solids or liquids at room temperature. Some phenols occur naturally in the essential oils of plants. Phenols are used in industry to make plastics and detergents.
The simplest phenol, consisting of a benzene ring attached to a hydroxyl group (OH). It is a poisonous, white, crystalline compound and is used to make plastics and drugs. Also called carbolic acid. Chemical formula: C6H6O.
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