- any of three isomeric compounds having the formula C7H8O, usually derived from coal tar and wood tar, and used chiefly as a disinfectant.
Origin of cresol
Also called cresylic acid, methyl phenol.
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Cresol soap and water make a good disinfectant for incubators.Mechanical Devices in the Home
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Compound solution of cresol is an excellent remedy at this stage.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
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Lysol is a compound of cresol and linseed-oil soap, and is much less toxic than carbolic acid.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
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So instead of phenol, other coal tar products such as cresol, naphthol or benzene itself may be used.Creative Chemistry
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The floor and the lower part of the chambers are treated with cresol; the upper part is whitewashed.Turkish Prisoners in Egypt
- 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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- Any of three isomeric phenols used as a disinfectant.
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