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Phenol or carbolic acid, is a white crystalline solid, with a chemical formula of C6H5OH. With a melting point of 43C and a boiling point of 182C. It can be made from the partial oxidation of benzene, or by the [cumene process]? or [raschig process]?.

It is used as a disinfectant and in the production of drugs, weedkillers, and synthetic resins. It is also used in cosmetic surgery as an exfoliant, to remove layers of dead skin.

See also phenols

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