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phenolic resin

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noun Chemistry.
  1. any of the class of thermosetting resins formed by the condensation of phenol, or of a phenol derivative, with an aldehyde, especially formaldehyde: used chiefly in the manufacture of paints and plastics and as adhesives for sandpaper and plywood.
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Origin of phenolic resin

First recorded in 1915–20; phenol + -ic
Also called phenolic, phenoplast.
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phenolic resin

noun
  1. any one of a class of resins derived from phenol, used in paints, adhesives, and as thermosetting plasticsSee also Bakelite
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