a suffix used in the names of chemical derivatives, representing “alcohol” (glycerol; naphthol; phenol), or sometimes “phenol” or less definitely assignable phenol derivatives (resorcinol).
var. of -ole 2.
Old Latin. Also,OL.
(in prescriptions) oil.
1. Also,o.l.(in prescriptions) the left eye.
2. Old Latin.
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