Resorcin

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Resorcin (Chem) A colorless crystalline substance of the phenol series, obtained by melting certain resins, as galbanum, asafetida, etc., with caustic potash. It is also produced artificially and used in making certain dyestuffs, as phthaleïn, fluoresceïn, and eosin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n resorcin A colorless crystalline phenol, C6H4(OH)2. It is obtained by treating benzene with sulphuric acid, preparing a sodium salt from the disulphonic acid thus produced, heating with caustic soda, and finally dissolving in water and precipitating resorcin with hydrochloric acid. It yields a fine purple-red coloring matter, and several other dyes of commercial importance, and is also used in medicine as an antiseptic. Also resorcinum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Resorcin rē-sor′sin a colourless crystalline phenol
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Res,in + orcin,. So called because in its higher homologue it resembles orcin,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Resorcine for orange from Primuline, etc.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Treatment consists of frequent soap-and-water washings, and the application of boric acid, resorcin, and corrosive sublimate lotions.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The following are well-known synthetic indicators: hacmoid, obtained from resorcin and sodium nitrite, resembles litmus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
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