[ gwahy-uh-kohl, -kawl ]
/ ˈgwaɪ əˌkoʊl, -ˌkɔl /

noun Pharmacology.

a slightly yellowish, aromatic, crystalline substance, C7H8O2, resembling creosote and usually obtained from guaiacum resin: used in medicine chiefly as an expectorant and local anesthetic.

Origin of guaiacol

First recorded in 1860–65; guaiac(um) + -ol2
Also called methylcatechol. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for guaiacol


/ (ˈɡwaɪəˌkɒl) /


a yellowish oily creosote-like liquid extracted from guaiacum resin and hardwood tar, used medicinally as an expectorant. Formula: C 7 H 8 O 2

Word Origin for guaiacol

from guaiac (um) + -ol ²
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Medicine definitions for guaiacol


[ gwīə-kôl′, -kōl′ ]


A yellowish, oily, aromatic substance derived from guaiacum or wood creosote and used chiefly as an expectorant, a local anesthetic, and an antiseptic.
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