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Why is thymol only slightly soluble in water, but very soluble in 1.0 M NaOH?

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  1. Here is a site that gives the structure of thymol. Thymol is a phenol and the OH on phenols are acidic; therefore, NaOH is a base reacting with an acid to produce the sodium salt and water. Most sodium salts are soluble in water.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thymol

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