- a colorless, crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C10H14O, having a pungent, aromatic taste and odor, obtained from the oil distilled from thyme or prepared synthetically: used chiefly in perfumery, embalming, preserving biological specimens, and in medicine as a fungicide and antiseptic.
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Our return to thymol for intestinal parasites is interesting.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
They have the odor of thymol or menthol and an acid taste and reaction.
His results with phenol, thymol, and salicylic acid have been unfavorable.
Malefern, santonine, thymol and other anthelmintic remedies are prescribed.
Filter the solution obtained and treat with an acid—hydrochloric acid, for example—which sets free the thymol.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
- a white crystalline substance with an aromatic odour, obtained from the oil of thyme and used as a fungicide, antiseptic, and anthelmintic and in perfumery and embalming; 2-isopropylphenol. Formula: (CH 3) 2 CHC 6 H 3 (CH 3)OH
Word Origin for thymol
- A white crystalline aromatic compound derived from thyme oil and other oils or made synthetically and used as an antiseptic, a fungicide, and a preservative.