cresol

noun cre·sol \ ˈkrē-ˌsȯl , -ˌsōl \

Definition of cresol

: any of three poisonous colorless crystalline or liquid isomeric phenols C7H8O

Origin and Etymology of cresol

International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from creosote


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cresol

noun cre·sol \ ˈkrē-ˌsȯl, -ˌsōl \

medical Definition of cresol

1 : any of three poisonous colorless crystalline or liquid isomeric phenols C7H8O that are used as disinfectants, in making phenolic resins and plasticizers, and in organic synthesis — see metacresol, orthocresol, paracresol
2 : a mixture of cresol isomers called also tricresol

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