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[kree-sawl, -sol] /ˈkri sɔl, -sɒl/
any of three isomeric compounds having the formula C 7 H 8 O, usually derived from coal tar and wood tar, and used chiefly as a disinfectant.
Also called cresylic acid, methyl phenol.
Compare tricresol.
Origin of cresol
1860-65; cres- (irregular from creosote) + -ol2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cresol
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  • cresol soap and water make a good disinfectant for incubators.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
  • Compound solution of cresol is an excellent remedy at this stage.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Lysol is a compound of cresol and linseed-oil soap, and is much less toxic than carbolic acid.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  • So instead of phenol, other coal tar products such as cresol, naphthol or benzene itself may be used.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson
  • The floor and the lower part of the chambers are treated with cresol; the upper part is whitewashed.

  • They are arranged over cesspools 18 feet deep, disinfected every day with whitewash and cresol, and are quite odourless.

  • Among the substances deserving mention under this head we have indol, skatol, cresol, and phenol.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
  • For this purpose a 0.5 per cent solution of the compound solution of cresol or of Lugol's solution has been found satisfactory.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle U.S. Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for cresol


an aromatic compound derived from phenol, existing in three isomeric forms: found in coal tar and creosote and used in making synthetic resins and as an antiseptic and disinfectant; hydroxytoluene. Formula: C6H4(CH3)OH Also called cresylic acid Systematic name methylphenol
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cresol in Medicine

cresol cre·sol (krē'sôl', -sōl')
Any of three isomeric phenols used as a disinfectant.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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