coal tar


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

Examples of coal tar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last month, concerns about soil contamination under the airport surfaced, including coal tar, a by-product of coal gasification plants that existed in virtually every American city at the turn of the last century. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 9 May 2022 Buy It, $22 Unlike the brand's other version (aka the Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo) that uses coal tar, this Neutrogena dandruff shampoo uses salicylic acid. Anthea Levi,, 24 Sep. 2021 McGarry and others argue disturbing the coal tar so close to the Connecticut River could cause as-yet unknown effects on the surrounding environment. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 23 Mar. 2022 Those plants provided residents with the comforts of heat and light, but left coal tar contamination behind. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 24 Mar. 2022 Some of the most common ones include pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, ketoconazole, and coal tar. Anthea Levi,, 24 Sep. 2021 Earlier that day, Falhberg had been investigating the chemistry of coal tar derivatives and spilled some on his hands. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 7 Aug. 2020 And this year, an undetermined amount of coal tar oil leaked into the Seekonk River at the project site, contaminating soil and bringing emergency crews to the area. Globe Staff,, 23 Dec. 2021 Grebien said the coal tar is being cleaned up and extra booms are being added to protect the river. Globe Staff,, 23 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of coal tar

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coal tar was in 1785

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15 May 2022

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“Coal tar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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