orcinol

orcinol

[awr-suh-nawl, -nol]
noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble solid, C 7 H 8 O 2 , sweet but unpleasant in taste, that reddens on exposure to air: obtained from many lichens or produced synthetically and used chiefly as a reagent for certain carbohydrates.
Also, orcin [awr-sin] .


Origin:
1875–80; < Neo-Latin orcin(a) (< Italian orcello orchil, by alteration) + -ol2

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orcinol or orcin (ˈɔːsɪˌnɒl, ˈɔːsɪn)
 
n
a colourless crystalline water-soluble solid that occurs in many lichens and from which the dyes found in litmus are derived. Formula: CH3C6H3(OH)2
 
[C20: from New Latin orcina, from Italian orcelloorchil]
 
orcin or orcin
 
n
 
[C20: from New Latin orcina, from Italian orcelloorchil]

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