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[kres-il, kree-sil]
adjective Chemistry.
  1. tolyl.
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Also cre·syl·ic [kri-sil-ik] /krɪˈsɪl ɪk/.

Origin of cresyl

First recorded in 1860–65; cres(ol) + -yl
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Examples from the Web for cresylic

Historical Examples

  • In the inferior carbolic acid soaps there is little or no carbolic acid, but cresylic takes its place.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection

    Alexander Wynter Blyth

British Dictionary definitions for cresylic


  1. of, concerned with, or containing creosote or cresol
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Word Origin

C19: from cre (o) s (ote) + -yl + -ic
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