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Meaning of phenolic resin

pheno'lic res'in

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. any of the class of thermosetting resins formed by the condensation of phenol, or of a phenol derivative, with an aldehyde, esp. formaldehyde: used chiefly in the manufacture of paints and plastics and as adhesives for sandpaper and plywood.
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