phenolic resin

noun Chemistry.

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.

Nearby words

  1. phenol coefficient,
  2. phenol red,
  3. phenolate,
  4. phenolated,
  5. phenolic,
  6. phenolion,
  7. phenology,
  8. phenolphthalein,
  9. phenolsulfonephthalein,
  10. phenolsulfonphthalein

Origin of phenolic resin

First recorded in 1915–20; phenol + -ic

Also called phenolic, phenoplast. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for phenolics

phenolic resin


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