One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A crystalline compound originally obtained from galbanum resin, used in the production of dyes, resins, and cosmetics.
Alternative name: 1,3-dihydroxybenzene; chemical formula: C₆H₄(OH)₂
- ‘We selected five compounds, genistein, metaproterenol, rotenone, p-anisidine and resorcinol, that had extensive genotoxicity and carcinogenicity data and tested them in the standard 7 day exposure SHE assay.’
- ‘Use resorcinol glue on both sides of the stock to glue them together.’
- ‘In the synthetic direction, the amount of synthesized sucrose was determined by a resorcinol reaction.’
- ‘The entropic penalty is greater for the drugs than for benzene and resorcinol, perhaps because the latter possess fewer degrees of freedom that can be restricted upon binding.’
- ‘The subsequently developed resorcinol analogue, orciprenaline, was longer acting, albeit less potent, but clearly neither of them was an ideal drug.’
Late 19th century: from the earlier term resorcin + -ol.
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