Definitions of phenol
  1. noun
    any of a class of weakly acidic organic compounds; molecule contains one or more hydroxyl groups
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    pyrogallic acid, pyrogallol
    a toxic white lustrous crystalline phenol used to treat certain skin diseases and as a photographic developer
    a colorless to yellow aromatic liquid that is a constituent of creosote
    cresol, methyl phenol
    any of three poisonous colorless isomeric phenols; derived from coal or wood tar; used as a disinfectant
    either of two phenols derived from naphthalene
    a crystalline phenol obtained from various resins; used in ointments for acne and in dandruff shampoos
    tannic acid, tannin
    any of various complex phenolic substances of plant origin; used in tanning and in medicine
    thyme camphor, thymic acid, thymol
    a colorless crystalline solid used in perfume or preserving biological specimens or in embalming or medically as a fungicide or antiseptic
    cutch, kutch
    tannin extract derived from any of several mangrove barks of Pacific areas
    an isomer of naphthol used in dyes
    an isomer of naphthol used in rubber as an antioxidant
    a clear oily brown solution of cresols in soap; used as an antiseptic and disinfectant
    a tannic acid that is extracted from black catechu as a white crystalline substance
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    organic compound
    any compound of carbon and another element or a radical
  2. noun
    a toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally
    synonyms: carbolic acid, hydroxybenzene, oxybenzene, phenylic acid
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    any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt
    dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent
    a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances
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