[kree-uh-sawl, -sol]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless oily liquid, C8H10O2, having an agreeable odor and a burning taste, obtained from wood tar and guaiacum resin: used as a disinfectant, in the manufacture of resins, and in ore flotation.

Origin of creosol

First recorded in 1860–65; creos(ote) + -ol2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for creosol


  1. a colourless or pale yellow insoluble oily liquid with a smoky odour and a burning taste; 2-methoxy-4-methylphenol: an active principle of creosote. Formula: CH 3 O(CH 3)C 6 H 3 OH

Word Origin for creosol

C19: from creos (ote) + -ol 1
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