Definition of Resorcinol

1. Noun. A crystalline phenol obtained from various resins; used in ointments for acne and in dandruff shampoos.

Generic synonyms: Phenol

Definition of Resorcinol

1. Noun. (organic compound) The diphenol meta-dihydroxy benzene, used as a mild antiseptic and in many industrial applications; isomeric with catechol and hydroquinone. ¹

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Definition of Resorcinol

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Medical Definition of Resorcinol

1. M-dihydroxybenzene; 1,3-benzenediol;used internally for the relief of nausea, asthma, whooping cough, and diarrhoea, but chiefly as an external antiseptic in psoriasis, eczema, seborrhoea, and ringworm; pyrocatechol and hydroquinone are isomers of resorcinol. Synonym: resorcin. Resorcinol monoacetate, used externally in the treatment of acne, sycosis, and seborrhoea. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Resorcinol

resonating chamber
resorcinol (current term)
resorcinol phthalic anhydride
resorcinol test
resorcinolphthalein sodium
resorption atelectasis
resorption lacunae
resort area

Literary usage of Resorcinol

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on Chemistry by Henry Enfield Roscoe, Carl Schorlemmer (1887)
"CHLORINE SUBSTITUTION PRODUCTS OF resorcinol. ... is also obtained when chlorine is passed through an aqueous solution of resorcinol. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"The X-rays and resorcinol in Lupus.—S. EHRMANN (Sem. med., 1906, No. 37, p. ... The resorcinol applications are continued at intervals. ..."

3. Disinfection and Disinfectants: Together with an Account of the Chemical by Samuel Rideal (1895)
"resorcinol, or "resorcin," is meta-dioxy-benzene, C6H4(OH)2. It is prepared by fusing sodium m-benzene-disulphonate with potash or soda and extracting with ..."

4. Foods: Their Composition and Analysis: A Manual for the Use of Analytical by Alexander Wynter Blyth (1896)
"Phenol is also a good test for nitrates in the presence of free hydrochloric acid. resorcinol, in 5 per cent, solution, is a good test for nitrites, ..."

5. The Pharmacopoeia of the United States of America: (The United States by United States Pharmacopoeial Convention (1820)
"One Gm. of resorcinol dissolves in 0.9 mil of water and in 0.9 mil of alcoh- at 25° C.; also in about 0.2 mil of water at 80° C.; freely soluble in glycerin ..."

6. The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel by James McIntyre Camp, Charles Blaine Francis (1920)
"Reactions Showing How Phenol, Picric Acid and resorcinol May Be Derived from Benzene. C6 H6+H2 SO4=H2 O + I C6 H TT Benzene Sulphonic Acid. ..."

7. An Introduction to the Chemistry of Plant Products by Paul Haas, Thomas George Hill (1913)
"4. It reduces Fehling-s solution on warming. resorcinol. ... resorcinol crystallizes from benzene in colourless needles and melts at 119°; it is somewhat ..."

8. Organic Chemistry by William Henry Perkin (1907)
"The isomeric dihydric phenols — catechol, resorcinol, and hydroquinone — are well-known compounds of considerable importance, and are respectively ..."

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