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cresol

[kree-sawl, -sol] /ˈkri sɔl, -sɒl/
noun
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65; cres- (irregular from creosote) + -ol2
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British Dictionary definitions for methyl phenol

cresol

/ˈkriːsɒl/
noun
1.
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 Also called cresylic acid Systematic name methylphenol
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methyl phenol in Medicine

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

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Encyclopedia Article for methyl phenol

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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