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coal tar

noun

Simple Definition of coal tar

  • : a black, sticky liquid made from coal that is used as a fuel and to make various products (such as soap)

Full Definition of coal tar

  1. :  tar obtained by distillation of bituminous coal and used especially as an industrial fuel, in making dyes, and in the topical treatment of skin disorders


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noun \ˈkōl-\

Medical Definition of coal tar

  1. :  tar obtained by distillation of bituminous coal and used in the treatment of some skin diseases by direct local application to the skin




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