a white crystalline compound, C6
OH, produced from coal tar
or by the hydrolysis
of chlorobenzene, and used in making explosives, synthetic
resins, etc.: it is a strong, corrosive poison
with a characteristic odor, and its dilute aqueous solution
called carbolic acid
, is used as an antiseptic, disinfectant, etc.
any of a group of aromatic hydroxyl derivatives of benzene, similar in structure
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