cre·​sol ˈkrē-ˌsȯl How to pronounce cresol (audio)
: any of three poisonous colorless crystalline or liquid isomeric phenols C7H8O

Examples of cresol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In bioassays, of the 17 fecal odorants that elicited GC-EAD responses from fly antennae, a blend of indole and one or more of the alcohols phenol, m-/p-cresol and 1-octen-3-ol proved as attractive to flies as canine feces. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2017 The constantly present base notes are the short-chain straight and branched acids, cresol and other phenolics, and skatole. Harold McGee, Wired, 6 Nov. 2020

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from creosote

First Known Use

circa 1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cresol was circa 1869

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“Cresol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


: 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
: a mixture of cresol isomers

called also tricresol

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