[pahy-ruh-gal-awl, -ol, -guh-lawl, -lol]


a white, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous, solid, phenolic compound, C6H3(OH)3, obtained by heating gallic acid and water: used chiefly as a developer in photography, as a mordant for wool, in dyeing, and in medicine in the treatment of certain skin conditions.

Origin of pyrogallol

First recorded in 1875–80; pyro- + gall(ic)2 + -ol1
Also called pyrogallic acid.
Related formspy·ro·gal·lic [pahy-ruh-gal-ik, -gaw-lik] /ˌpaɪ rəˈgæl ɪk, -ˈgɔ lɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pyrogallol

Historical Examples of pyrogallol

  • Tanning materials are divided into two main classes: Pyrogallol, Catechol.


    K. J. Adcock

  • Sumach is the other pyrogallol tan of commercial importance.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

  • The pyrogallol method of Preisz also proved to be unreliable in his hands.

  • The light from ozone acting on pyrogallol solution is especially bright under certain conditions.

  • This is especially well seen in the action of various oxidizers on pyrogallol and H2O2 recorded in Table 10.

British Dictionary definitions for pyrogallol



a white lustrous crystalline soluble phenol with weakly acidic properties; 1,2,3-trihydroxybenzene: used as a photographic developer and for absorbing oxygen. Formula: C 6 H 3 (OH) 3
Derived Formspyrogallic, adjective

Word Origin for pyrogallol

C20: from pyro- + gall (ic)² + -ol 1
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pyrogallol in Medicine


[pī′rō-gălôl′, -ōl′, -gôlôl′, -lōl′]


A white, toxic crystalline phenol used as a photographic developer and to treat certain skin diseases.pyrogallic acid
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