phenol etymology

English word phenol comes from Modern Greek (1453-) φαίνω

Detailed word origin of phenol

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
φαίνω Modern Greek (1453-) (ell)
phène French (fra)
phenol English (eng) (organic chemistry, countable) Any of a class of aromatic organic compounds having at least one hydroxyl group attached directly to the benzene ring.. (organic compound, uncountable) A caustic, poisonous, white crystalline compound, C6H5OH, derived from benzene and used in resins, plastics, and pharmaceuticals and in dilute form as a disinfectant and antiseptic; once called carbolic acid.