catechol

Definition / meaning of catechol

A chemical originally isolated from a type of mimosa tree. Catechol is used as an astringent, an antiseptic, and in photography, electroplating, and making other chemicals. It can also be made in the laboratory.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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