One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A crystalline phenol, C₉H₇NO, which forms water-insoluble complexes with many metal ions and is used in analysis, as a deodorant, and as an antibacterial agent; 8-hydroxyquinoline.
1920s; earliest use found in Chemical Abstracts. From German Oxin, shortened from Oxychinolin hydroxyquinoline (from oxy- + Chinolin).
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