naphthol(redirected from Hydroxynaphthalene)
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a phenol occurring in coal tar in two forms: α- or 1-naphthol and β- or 2-naphthol. It is used in dyes, insecticides, and pharmaceutical compounds. If excessive amounts are ingested, poisoning may result, characterized by anemia, jaundice, convulsions, and coma.
A hydroxynaphthalene, occurring in two forms: α-naphthol, a dye intermediate used in cytochemistry for l-arginine localization; and β-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.