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resorcinol Line breaks: re|sor|cinol
Pronunciation: /rɪˈzɔːsɪnɒl/

Definition of resorcinol in English:


[mass noun] Chemistry
A crystalline compound originally obtained from galbanum resin, used in the production of dyes, resins, and cosmetics.
  • Alternative name: 1,3-dihydroxybenzene; chemical formula: C6H4(OH)2
Example sentences
  • We selected five compounds, genistein, metaproterenol, rotenone, p-anisidine and resorcinol, that had extensive genotoxicity and carcinogenicity data and tested them in the standard 7 day exposure SHE assay.
  • The entropic penalty is greater for the drugs than for benzene and resorcinol, perhaps because the latter possess fewer degrees of freedom that can be restricted upon binding.
  • The subsequently developed resorcinol analogue, orciprenaline, was longer acting, albeit less potent, but clearly neither of them was an ideal drug.


Late 19th century: from the earlier term resorcin + -ol.

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