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.

Nearby words

  1. crescent truss,
  2. crescentic,
  3. crescit eundo,
  4. crescive,
  5. creslan,
  6. cresol red,
  7. cress,
  8. cressent,
  9. cresset,
  10. cressida

Compare tricresol.

Origin of cresol

1860–65; cres- (irregular from creosote) + -ol2

Also called cresylic acid, methyl phenol.

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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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Medicine definitions for cresol

cresol

[ krēsôl′, -sōl′ ]

n.

Any of three isomeric phenols used as a disinfectant.

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