Definition of Phenolphthalein

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phenolphthalein in clear liquid makes pink

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Phenolphthalein is an organic compound often used as a pH indicator. Phenolphthalein turns pink in pH greater than 8.3 and colorless in acidic solutions.

The chemical formula for phenolphthalein is C20H14O4.

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