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Pronunciation: naf'thol

Definition: A hydroxynaphthalene, occurring in two forms: a-naphthol, a dye intermediate used in cytochemistry for l-arginine localization; and ß-naphthol, also known as isonaphthol, used as an anthelmintic and antiseptic. Both forms are also used in the manufacture of dyes, organic chemicals, and rubber products.

Synonym(s): naphthalenol

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