Definition of carbolic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kɑːˈbɒlɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrˈbɑːlɪk//
(also carbolic acid)[uncountable]
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a chemical that kills bacteria, used as an antiseptic and as a disinfectant (= to prevent infection from spreading) carbolic soap Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from carbo- (representing carbon) + -ol + -ic.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: carbolic