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cresol

[ kree-sawl, -sol ]
/ ˈkri sɔl, -sɒl /
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noun
any of three isomeric compounds having the formula C7H8O, usually derived from coal tar and wood tar, and used chiefly as a disinfectant.
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Also called cresylic acid, methyl phenol .
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Origin of cresol

1860–65; cres- (irregular from creosote) + -ol2
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British Dictionary definitions for cresol

cresol
/ (ˈkriːsɒl) /

noun
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: C 6 H 4 (CH 3)OHAlso called: cresylic acid Systematic name: methylphenol
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Medical definitions for cresol

cresol
[ krēsôl′, -sōl′ ]

n.
Any of three isomeric phenols used as a disinfectant.
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