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phenol phe·nol (fē'nôl', -nōl')
A caustic, poisonous, white crystalline compound derived from benzene and used in pharmaceuticals and in dilute form as an antiseptic. Also called carbolic acid, phenic acid.
Any of a class of aromatic organic compounds having at least one hydroxyl group attached directly to the benzene ring.
phenolic phe·no·lic (fĭ-nō'lĭk, -nŏl'ĭk)
Of, relating to, containing, or derived from phenol. n.
Any of various synthetic thermosetting resins, obtained by the reaction of phenols with simple aldehydes and used as adhesives.