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An alcohol or a phenol: glycerol.
Variant of -ole.
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suffix forming nouns
denoting an organic chemical compound containing a hydroxyl group, esp alcohols and phenols: ethanol; quinol.
n combining form
(not used systematically) a variant of -ole1
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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.
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A suffix used to form the names of chemical compounds having a hydroxyl (OH) group, such as ethanol.
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