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[fen-l, feen-l] /ˈfɛn l, ˈfin l/
adjective, Chemistry
containing the phenyl group.
Origin of phenyl
1840-50; phen- + -yl Unabridged
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  • Lignin is a complex highly crosslinked array of phenyl propylene units that has its biosynthetic origin in phenylalanine.
British Dictionary definitions for phenyl


/ˈfiːnaɪl; ˈfɛnɪl/
(modifier) of, containing, or consisting of the monovalent group C6H5, derived from benzene: a phenyl group or radical
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Word Origin and History for phenyl

radical base of phenol, 1850, from French phényle; see pheno-.

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phenyl in Medicine

phenyl phen·yl (fen'il)

Abbr. (Ph) the univalent radical of phenol;

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phenyl in Science
  (fěn'əl, fē'nəl)   
The radical C6H5, derived from benzene by the removal of one hydrogen atom.
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