phenol: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (fē'nôl, -nol), [key]
— n. Chem.
- Also calleda white, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous mass, CHOH, obtained from coal tar, or a hydroxyl derivative of benzene: used chiefly as a disinfectant, as an antiseptic, and in organic synthesis.
- any analogous hydroxyl derivative of benzene.
- phenol (Thesaurus)