Definitions

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  • n. A white crystalline phenol, metameric with pyrogallol, obtained by the decomposition of phloretin and from certain gums.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sweet white crystalline substance, metameric with pyrogallol, and obtained by the decomposition of phloretin, and from certain gums, as catechu, kino, etc. It belongs to the class of phenols. [Called also phloroglucinol.]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A substance widely distributed in the vegetable kingdom, when pure crystallizing in small yellow crystals with the composition C6H3(OH)3; a trivalent phenol. It is used in microscopy as one of the best reagents for testing lignified cell-walls.

Etymologies

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From phloretin + Ancient Greek for "sweet".

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