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Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2013-02-09 00:08:07 UTC
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Metabolite Identification
Common NamePhenol
DescriptionPhenol, is a toxic, colourless crystalline solid with a sweet tarry odor that resembles a hospital smell. It is commonly used as an antiseptic and disinfectant. It is active against a wide range of micro-organisms including some fungi and viruses, but is only slowly effective against spores. It has been used to disinfect skin and to relieve itching. Phenol is also used in the preparation of cosmetics including sunscreens, hair dyes, and skin lightening preparations. It is also used in the production of drugs (it is the starting material in the industrial production of aspirin), weedkillers, and synthetic resins. Phenol can be found in areas with high levels of motor traffic, therefore, people living in crowded urban areas are frequently exposed to traffic-derived phenol vapor. The average (mean +/- SD) phenol concentration in urine among normal individuals living in urban areas is 7.4 +/- 2.2 mg/g of creatinine. Exposure of the skin to concentrated phenol solutions causes chemical burns which may be severe; in laboratories where it is used, it is usually recommended that polyethylene glycol solution is kept available for washing off splashes. Notwithstanding the effects of concentrated solutions, it is also used in cosmetic surgery as an exfoliant, to remove layers of dead skin (Wikipedia). In some bacteria phenol can be directly synthesized from tyrosine via the enzyme tyrosine phenol-lyase [EC:].
  1. Acide carbolique
  2. Anbesol
  3. Benzenol
  4. Benzophenol
  5. Campho-phenique cold sore gel
  6. Campho-phenique gel
  7. Campho-phenique liquid
  8. Carbolic acid
  9. Carbolic acid liquid
  10. Carbolic oil
  11. Carbolicum acidum
  12. Carbolsaure
  13. Cepastat lozenges
  14. Cuticura pain relieving ointment
  15. Fenol
  16. Fenolo
  17. Fenosmolin
  18. Fenosmoline
  19. Hydroxy-benzene
  20. Hydroxybenzene
  21. IPH
  22. IZAL
  23. Liquefied phenol
  24. Liquid phenol
  25. Liquified phenol
  26. Monohydroxy benzene
  27. Monohydroxybenzene
  28. Monophenol
  29. Oxybenzene
  30. Paoscle
  31. Phenic
  32. Phenic acid
  33. Phenic alcohol
  34. Phenol
  35. Phenol alcohol
  36. Phenol homopolymer
  37. Phenol liquid
  38. Phenol molten
  39. Phenol polymer-bound
  40. Phenol solution
  41. Phenol synthetic
  42. Phenolated water
  43. Phenolated water for disinfection
  44. Phenole
  45. Phenosmolin
  46. Phenylic acid
  47. Phenylic alcohol
  48. PHOH
  49. Synthetic phenol
  50. Tea polyphenol
Chemical FormulaC6H6O
Average Molecular Weight94.1112
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight94.041864814
IUPAC Namephenol
Traditional IUPAC Namephenol
CAS Registry Number108-95-2
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
KingdomOrganic Compounds
Super ClassAromatic Homomonocyclic Compounds
ClassPhenols and Derivatives
Sub ClassN/A
Other Descriptors
  • Organic Compounds
  • a phenol(Cyc)
  • phenols(ChEBI)
  • N/A
Direct ParentPhenols and Derivatives
StatusDetected and Quantified
  • Toxin/Pollutant
BiofunctionNot Available
ApplicationNot Available
Cellular locationsNot Available
Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting Point40.9 °CNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water Solubility82.8 mg/mL at 25 °CNot Available
LogP1.46HANSCH,C ET AL. (1995)
Predicted Properties
water solubility46.6 g/LALOGPS
pKa (strongest acidic)10.02ChemAxon
pKa (strongest basic)-5.5ChemAxon
physiological charge0ChemAxon
hydrogen acceptor count1ChemAxon
hydrogen donor count1ChemAxon
polar surface area20.23ChemAxon
rotatable bond count0ChemAxon
Biological Properties
Cellular LocationsNot Available
Biofluid Locations
  • Blood
  • Urine
Tissue Location
  • Adipose Tissue
  • Bladder
  • Brain
  • Epidermis
  • Fibroblasts
  • Intestine
  • Liver
  • Muscle
  • Nerve Cells
  • Platelet
  • Spleen
  • Stratum Corneum
  • Testes
  • Thyroid Gland
PathwaysNot Available
Normal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified0.86 +/- 0.63 uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal
  • Geigy Scient...
UrineDetected and Quantified13.5 (13.5-13.5) umol/mmol creatinineInfant (0-1 year old)BothNormal
UrineDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal
UrineDetected and Quantified4.8 (0.6-12.8) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothCommentNormal
UrineDetected and Quantified0.065 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal
UrineDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)BothCommentNormal
UrineDetected and Quantified7.0 (5.6-9.2) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal
  • Geigy Scient...
UrineDetected and Quantified2.7 (0.4-53.0) umol/mmol creatinineChildren (1-13 year old)BothCommentNormal
UrineDetected and Quantified2.2 (1.0-6.7) umol/mmol creatinineChildren (1-13 year old)BothCommentNormal
UrineDetected and Quantified2.2 (0.7-8.5) umol/mmol creatinineAdolescent (13-18 years old)BothCommentNormal
Abnormal Concentrations
UrineDetected but not QuantifiedNot ApplicableAdult (>18 years old)BothBreast cancer
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease ReferencesNone
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDNot Available
DrugBank Metabolite IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound ID657
Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB000893
KNApSAcK IDC00002664
Chemspider ID971
KEGG Compound IDC00146
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkPhenol
NuGOwiki LinkHMDB00228
Metagene LinkHMDB00228
PubChem Compound996
ChEBI ID15882
Synthesis ReferenceBlanchi, Daniele. New process for direct synthesis of phenol from benzene. Chimica e l'Industria (Milan, Italy) (2005), 87(8), 90-93.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General References
  1. Jones AL, Hagen M, Coughtrie MW, Roberts RC, Glatt H: Human platelet phenolsulfotransferases: cDNA cloning, stable expression in V79 cells and identification of a novel allelic variant of the phenol-sulfating form. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1995 Mar 17;208(2):855-62. Pubmed: 7695643
  2. Guneral F, Bachmann C: Age-related reference values for urinary organic acids in a healthy Turkish pediatric population. Clin Chem. 1994 Jun;40(6):862-6. Pubmed: 8087979
  3. Kilic SS, Aydin S, Kilic N, Erman F, Aydin S, Celik I: Serum arylesterase and paraoxonase activity in patients with chronic hepatitis. World J Gastroenterol. 2005 Dec 14;11(46):7351-4. Pubmed: 16437641
  4. Tanaka T, Kasai K, Kita T, Tanaka N: Distribution of phenol in a fatal poisoning case determined by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. J Forensic Sci. 1998 Sep;43(5):1086-8. Pubmed: 9729832
  5. McDonald TA, Holland NT, Skibola C, Duramad P, Smith MT: Hypothesis: phenol and hydroquinone derived mainly from diet and gastrointestinal flora activity are causal factors in leukemia. Leukemia. 2001 Jan;15(1):10-20. Pubmed: 11243376
  6. Blades KJ, Patel S: The dynamics of tear flow within a phenol red impregnated thread. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1996 Sep;16(5):409-15. Pubmed: 8944185
  7. Miller WL, Doughty MJ, Narayanan S, Leach NE, Tran A, Gaume AL, Bergmanson JP: A comparison of tear volume (by tear meniscus height and phenol red thread test) and tear fluid osmolality measures in non-lens wearers and in contact lens wearers. Eye Contact Lens. 2004 Jul;30(3):132-7. Pubmed: 15499232
  8. Hume R, Barker EV, Coughtrie MW: Differential expression and immunohistochemical localisation of the phenol and hydroxysteroid sulphotransferase enzyme families in the developing lung. Histochem Cell Biol. 1996 Feb;105(2):147-52. Pubmed: 8852436
  9. Slatkin NE, Rhiner M: Phenol saddle blocks for intractable pain at end of life: report of four cases and literature review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2003 Jan-Feb;20(1):62-6. Pubmed: 12568439
  10. Bauer M, Patzelt D: A method for simultaneous RNA and DNA isolation from dried blood and semen stains. Forensic Sci Int. 2003 Sep 9;136(1-3):76-8. Pubmed: 12969623
  11. Norberg J, Emneus JA, Jonsson JA, Mathiasson L, Burestedt E, Knutsson M, Marko-Varga G: On-line supported liquid membrane-liquid chromatography with a phenol oxidase-based biosensor as a selective detection unit for the determination of phenols in blood plasma. J Chromatogr B Biomed Sci Appl. 1997 Nov 7;701(1):39-46. Pubmed: 9389336
  12. Tucker IG: A method to study the kinetics of oral mucosal drug absorption from solutions. J Pharm Pharmacol. 1988 Oct;40(10):679-83. Pubmed: 2907532
  13. Achterrath-Tuckermann U, Saano V, Minker E, Stroman F, Arny I, Joki S, Nuutinen J, Szelenyi I: Influence of azelastine and some selected drugs on mucociliary clearance. Lung. 1992;170(4):201-9. Pubmed: 1522740
  14. Tatsumi H, Shimada N, Kuramoto R, Mochizuki Y, Nishizima M, Arai M, Osanai K, Ishihara K, Goso K, Hotta K: [The phenol turbidity test for measurement of pulmonary surfactants in amniotic fluid--rapid test for fetal lung maturity (author's transl)] Acta Obstet Gynaecol Jpn. 1981 May;33(5):643-50. Pubmed: 6894513
  15. Bartholomew LE, Bartholomew FN: Antigenic bacterial polysaccharide in rheumatoid synovial effusions. Arthritis Rheum. 1979 Sep;22(9):969-77. Pubmed: 314293
  16. Le Poole IC, Yang F, Brown TL, Cornelius J, Babcock GF, Das PK, Boissy RE: Altered gene expression in melanocytes exposed to 4-tertiary butyl phenol (4-TBP): upregulation of the A2b adenosine receptor 1. J Invest Dermatol. 1999 Nov;113(5):725-31. Pubmed: 10571726
  17. Bukowska B, Kowalska S: Phenol and catechol induce prehemolytic and hemolytic changes in human erythrocytes. Toxicol Lett. 2004 Aug 30;152(1):73-84. Pubmed: 15294349
  18. Asai Y, Ohyama Y, Taiji Y, Makimura Y, Tamai R, Hashimoto M, Ogawa T: Treponema medium glycoconjugate inhibits activation of human gingival fibroblasts stimulated with phenol-water extracts of periodontopathic bacteria. J Dent Res. 2005 May;84(5):456-61. Pubmed: 15840783


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Phosphoadenosine phosphosulfate + Phenol unknown Adenosine 3',5'-diphosphate + Phenol sulphatedetails
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Phosphoadenosine phosphosulfate + Phenol unknown Adenosine 3',5'-diphosphate + Phenol sulphatedetails
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Phosphoadenosine phosphosulfate + Phenol unknown Adenosine 3',5'-diphosphate + Phenol sulphatedetails
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