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A naturally occurring aromatic organic compound with the chemical formula CH(OH)(OCH), having certain medicinal applications.
Origin: guaiacum, from which it can be derived, and -ol.
Guaiacol is a naturally occurring organic compound with the formula C6H4, discovered by Ascanio Sobrero. Although it is biosynthesized by a variety of organisms, this yellowish aromatic oil is usually derived from guaiacum or wood creosote. Samples darken upon exposure to air and light. Guaiacol is present in wood smoke, resulting from the pyrolysis of lignin. The compound contributes to the flavor of many compounds, e.g. roasted coffee.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An agent thought to have disinfectant properties and used as an expectorant. (From Martindale, The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p747)
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