cresol

cresol

[kree-sawl, -sol]
noun
any of three isomeric compounds having the formula C 7 H 8 O, usually derived from coal tar and wood tar, and used chiefly as a disinfectant.
Also called cresylic acid, methyl phenol.
Compare tricresol.


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

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cresol (ˈkriːsɒl)
 
n
Also called: cresylic acid, Systematic name: methylphenol 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: C6H4(CH3)OH

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cresol cre·sol (krē'sôl', -sōl')
n.
Any of three isomeric phenols used as a disinfectant.

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cresol

any of the three methylphenols with the same molecular formula but having different structures: ortho- (o-) cresol, meta- (m-) cresol, and para- (p-) cresol.

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