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A crystalline phenolic compound with a bicyclic molecular structure, the aglycone of phlorizin; 3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-1-(2,4,6-trihydroxyphenyl)-1-propanone, C₁₅H₁₄O₅.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From phloro- + -etin, after French phlorétine.
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