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[kree-sawl, -sol]
  1. 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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Origin of cresol

1860–65; cres- (irregular from creosote) + -ol2
Also called cresylic acid, methyl phenol.
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Examples from the Web for cresol

Historical Examples of cresol

  • 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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for cresol


  1. 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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cresol in Medicine


(krēsôl′, -sōl′)
  1. Any of three isomeric phenols used as a disinfectant.
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