from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See phenol.

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  • n. an older name for phenol (C6H5OH)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. same as phenol{1}, (C6H5.OH). See phenol{1}.

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  • n. a toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally


carb(o)- + -ol1 + -ic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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