Medical Dictionary


noun cre·o·sote \ˈkrē-ə-ˌsōt\

Medical Definition of CREOSOTE

:  a clear or yellowish flammable oily liquid mixture of phenolic compounds obtained by the distillation of wood tar especially from beech wood and used especially as a disinfectant and as an expectorant in chronic bronchitis
:  a brownish oily liquid consisting chiefly of aromatic hydrocarbons obtained by distillation of coal tar and used especially as a wood preservative


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