cre·​sol | \ ˈkrē-ˌsȯl How to pronounce cresol (audio) , -ˌsōl \

Definition of cresol

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The constantly present base notes are the short-chain straight and branched acids, cresol and other phenolics, and skatole. Harold Mcgee, Wired, "The History of Poop Is Really the History of Technology," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of cresol

circa 1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cresol

International Scientific Vocabulary, irregular from creosote

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“Cresol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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cre·​sol | \ ˈkrē-ˌsȯl, -ˌsōl How to pronounce cresol (audio) \

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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