coal tar

noun
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of coal tar

: 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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First Known Use of coal tar

1785

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COAL TAR Defined for English Language Learners

coal tar

Definition of coal tar for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

coal tar

noun \ ˈkōl- \

medical Definition of coal tar

: 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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