Definition of resorcinol in US English:



  • 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

    • ‘Use resorcinol glue on both sides of the stock to glue them together.’
    • ‘The subsequently developed resorcinol analogue, orciprenaline, was longer acting, albeit less potent, but clearly neither of them was an ideal drug.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 19th century: from the earlier term resorcin + -ol.