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guaiacol

[ gwahy-uh-kohl, -kawl ]
/ ˈgwaɪ əˌkoʊl, -ˌkɔl /
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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.
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Also called methylcatechol.

Origin of guaiacol

First recorded in 1860–65; guaiac(um) + -ol2
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British Dictionary definitions for guaiacol

guaiacol
/ (ˈɡwaɪəˌkɒl) /

noun
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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