any analogous hydroxyl derivative of benzene.
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- phe·no·lic [fi-noh-lik, -nol-ik], /fɪˈnoʊ lɪk, -ˈnɒl ɪk/, adjective
- non·phe·no·lic, adjective
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How to use phenol in a sentence
The presence of phenol causes a deep amethyst-blue color, as in Uffelmann's test for lactic acid.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
It turned out that the man at the next bench had spilled a little phenol on the bench top.The Professional Approach | Charles Leonard Harness
phenol, the author finds, is a constant component of human fces.
Methæmoglobin in the blood smaller than in para-acetamido-phenol, but more than when the methyl or ethyl compound is administered.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection | Alexander Wynter Blyth
(b) Similarly obtain the phenol coefficient at 30 minutes contact period.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique | John William Henry Eyre
British Dictionary definitions for phenol
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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Scientific definitions for phenol
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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