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Definition of "eugenol" [eu•ge•nol]

  • A colorless aromatic liquid, C10H12O2, made from clove oil and used as a dental analgesic and in perfumery. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "eugenol" in a sentence
  • "Their distinctiveness results from a high content of the phenolic compound called eugenol, which has a unique aroma that is both somewhat sweet and very penetrating."
  • "She douses another strip in eugenol, which smells of cloves."
  • "Quieter drills and citrus-scented candles help mask the typical sounds and smells of dentistry; some practices have stopped using eugenol, the clove-scented antiseptic; others even bake cookies to introduce a soothing aroma."