[ kree-sawl, -sol ]
/ ˈkri sɔl, -sɒl /


any of three isomeric compounds having the formula C7H8O, usually derived from coal tar and wood tar, and used chiefly as a disinfectant.
Compare tricresol.

Origin of cresol

1860–65; cres- (irregular from creosote) + -ol2
Also called cresylic acid, methyl phenol. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cresol


/ (ˈkriːsɒl) /


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


[ krēsôl′, -sōl′ ]


Any of three isomeric phenols used as a disinfectant.
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