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Summary:

Phenol is derived from the old name for benzene (phene), to include the suffix that indicates it possesses a hydroxyl group (-ol).
CAUTION:  Students often confuse the word phenol (C6H5-OH) with phenyl (C6H5-).
Phenols can be obtained via substitution reactions, with the hydrolysis of diazonium salts being the most important laboratory method.
Phenols are acidic and are important intermediates in the preparation of aryl ethers, C6H5-OR

Phenols

Preparation of Phenols Reactions of Phenols Reactions of Aryl Ethers Spectroscopic Analysis Problems
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