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

 

phenol

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈfiːnɒl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːnɔːl//
 
, NAmE//ˈfiːnɑːl//
 
[uncountable](chemistry)
 
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a poisonous white chemical. When dissolved in water it is used as an antiseptic and disinfectant, usually called carbolic acid. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from French phénole, based on phène ‘benzene’.