[thal-een, -ee-in, fthal-]
- any of a group of compounds formed by treating phthalic anhydride with phenols, from which certain important dyes are derived.
Origin of phthalein
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The phthalein on the day following the second venesection was 45 per cent in two hours.
The phthalein excretion is quite normal and the excretions of salt and nitrogen are also normal.
- any of a class of organic compounds obtained by the reaction of phthalic anhydride with a phenol and used in dyes
C19: from phthal-, shortened form of naphthalene + -in
- Any of a group of chemical compounds formed by a reaction of phthalic anhydride with a phenol, from which certain synthetic dyes are derived.
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[thăl′ēn′, thā′lēn′, fthăl′-]
- Any of a group of chemical compounds formed by a reaction of phthalic anhydride with a phenol. They are used to derive certain synthetic dyes.
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