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-ol 1

An alcohol or a phenol: glycerol.

[From (alcoh)ol.]

-ol 2

Variant of -ole.


suffix forming nouns
denoting an organic chemical compound containing a hydroxyl group, esp alcohols and phenols: ethanol; quinol.
[from alcohol]


n combining form
(not used systematically) a variant of -ole1


a suffix used in the names of chemical derivatives, representing “alcohol” (glycerol; naphthol; phenol), or sometimes “phenol” or less definitely assignable phenol derivatives (resorcinol).
[short for alcohol]


var. of -ole 2.


Old Latin.


A suffix used to form the names of chemical compounds having a hydroxyl (OH) group, such as ethanol.