A phenolic organic compound with the molecular formula of C7H8O2, and naturally occurs in some species of lichens.
Orcinol may be obtained from some species of lichens such as Lecanora tinctoria and Rocella tinctoria for use in the production of the natural dye, orcein, and for use as a reagent in chemical tests such as Bial’s orcinol test.
Related phrases: orcinol test.
Synonym: Orcin; 5-Methylresorcinol; 3,5-Dihydroxytoluene; 3,5-Toluenediol; 1,3-Dihydroxy-5-methylbenzene; 5-Methyl-1,3-benzenediol.
See also: Orcinol test.