or res·or·cin

[ri-zawr-suh-nawl, -nol or ri-zawr-sin; rez-awr-]

noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.

a white, needlelike, water-soluble solid, C6H6O2, a benzene derivative originally obtained from certain resins, now usually synthesized: used chiefly in making dyes, as a reagent, in tanning, in the synthesis of certain resins, and in medicine in treating certain skin conditions; meta-dihydroxybenzene.

Nearby words

  1. resonant-jet engine,
  2. resonantly,
  3. resonate,
  4. resonator,
  5. resorb,
  6. resorcinolphthalein,
  7. resorption,
  8. resorption lacuna,
  9. resorptive,
  10. resort

Origin of resorcinol

First recorded in 1880–85; res(in) + orcinol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for resorcin



a colourless crystalline phenol with a sweet taste, used in making dyes, drugs, resins, and adhesives. Formula: C 6 H 4 (OH) 2; relative density: 1.27; melting pt: 111°C; boiling pt at 1 atm.: 276°C
Derived Formsresorcinal, adjective

Word Origin for resorcinol

C19: New Latin, from resin + orcinol

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Medicine definitions for resorcin


[rĭ-zôrsə-nôl′, -nōl′]


A white crystalline compound used primarily as an antiseptic in skin diseases such as psoriasis or eczema, but also used in the treatment of nausea, asthma, whooping cough, and diarrhea.

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