Phenol

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Phenol is a manufactured substance found in a number of consumer products. It is a colorless-to-white solid when pure. The commercial product is a liquid. It has sickeningly sweet and tarry odor.

You can taste and smell it at levels lower than those that are associated with harmful effects. Phenol evaporates more slowly than water, and a moderate amount can form a solution with water. Phenol can catch fire.

Phenol is used primarily in the formation of phenolic resins. It is also used in the manufacture of nylon and other synthetic fibers. It is also used in slimicides (chemicals that kill bacteria and fungi in slimes), as a disinfectant, as an antiseptic, and in medicinal preparations, such as mouthwash and sore throat lozenges.

Skin exposure to high levels of phenol has resulted in liver damage, diarrhea, dark urine, and hemolytic anemia. Phenol has been found in at least 481 of the 1,467 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

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  8. Paralysis: Overview
  9. Tremors: Overview
  10. Phenol: Frequently Asked Questions
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