[pahy-ruh-kat-i-chawl, -chol, -kawl, -kol]

noun Chemistry.

Also py·ro·cat·e·chin [pahy-ruh-kat-uh-chin, -kin] /ˌpaɪ rəˈkæt ə tʃɪn, -kɪn/.

Origin of pyrocatechol

First recorded in 1885–90; pyro- + catechol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pyrocatechol


pyrocatechin (ˌpaɪrəʊˈkætɪkɪn)


another name for catechol
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pyrocatechol in Medicine


[pī′rō-kătĭ-kôl′, -kōl′]


A biologically important organic phenol, having two hydroxyl groups attached to the benzene ring; used as a topical antiseptic.catechol
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