Phenol has anesthetic properties. It is also used in the production of drugs, weedkillers, and synthetic resins… Exposure of the skin to concentrated phenol solutions causes chemical burns which may be severe…. Phenol was also used as a mean of extermination by the Nazis during the Second World War. Phenol injections were given to thousands of people in concentration camps, especially at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
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EDF Suspected – cardiovascular or blood toxicant, developmental toxicant, gastrointestinal or liver toxicant, kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, reproductive toxicant, respiratory toxicant, skin or sense organ toxicant. More hazardous than most chemicals in 4 out of 12 ranking systems. On at least 8 federal regulatory lists
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Carbolic Acid, phenol red indicator, Benzenol, Phenylic Acid, Hydroxybenzene
Phenic acid, Monophenol, Oxybenzene, Phenyl hydrate, Phenyl hydroxide