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carbolic acid(kɑːˈbɒlɪk) or
(Elements & Compounds) another name for phenol, esp when it is used as an antiseptic or disinfectant
[C19: carbolic, from carbo- + -ol1 + -ic]
phe•nol(ˈfi nɔl, -nɒl)
1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous substance, C6H5OH, used chiefly as a disinfectant, as an antiseptic, and in organic synthesis.
2. any analogous hydroxyl derivative of benzene.
phe•no•lic (fɪˈnoʊ lɪk, -ˈnɒl ɪk) adj.
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|Noun||1.||carbolic acid - a toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally|
acid - any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt