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 (krē′sôl′, -sŏl′, -sōl′)
Any of three isomeric phenols, C7H8O, used in resins and as a disinfectant.

[Alteration of creosol.]
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(Elements & Compounds) an aromatic compound derived from phenol, existing in three isomeric forms: found in coal tar and creosote and used in making synthetic resins and as an antiseptic and disinfectant; hydroxytoluene. Formula: C6H4(CH3)OH. Also called: cresylic acid Systematic name: methylphenol
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(ˈkri sɔl, -sɒl)

any of three isomers of the compound C7H8O, usu. derived from coal tar and wood tar, and used chiefly as a disinfectant.
[1860–65; cres- (irreg. from creosote) + -ol2]
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Noun1.cresol - any of three poisonous colorless isomeric phenols; derived from coal or wood tar; used as a disinfectant
Lysol - a clear oily brown solution of cresols in soap; used as an antiseptic and disinfectant
phenol - any of a class of weakly acidic organic compounds; molecule contains one or more hydroxyl groups
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The percent of removal was around 50% for phenol and 65% for cresols under given conditions.
These methylphenols have various applications in manufacturing of pesticides, petroleum products, dyes and also in a few pharmaceutical products and are generally known as cresols (1,2,3,4,5).
Phenols and cresols are produced from further degradation of guaiacols.
Stinkhorn fungi of various species are known to emit volatile compounds such as oligosulphides, phenols, indoles, cresols and some of their derivatives (Johnson and Jurgens 2010; Pudil et al.
The company's extensive product portfolio includes polymer stabilisers, alkyl phenols and alkyl cresols, PVC stabilisers, plasticisers, tin intermediates, polyurethanes, SAP and flocculants.
It is commonly used in different branches of industry including chemical production of alkylphenols, cresols, xylenols, phenolic resins, aniline and other compounds [14], oil, coal processing and metallurgic [15].
Obtained results may facilitate the engineering of the C23O for bioremediation of environments contaminated with cresols and chloroaromatic compounds.
In Cambodia, as in several other countries affected by HPAI virus (H5N1), decontamination of the environment after an outbreak is recommended by authorities; for example, disinfectants such as cresols are sprayed over environmental surfaces.
It is also confirmed possible that the monomerization and/or the demethylalion of methoxy group of the lignocresol covert the lignocresol into lower [M.sub.w] monophenol derivatives originated from wood, such as guaiacol, catechol, and cresols.
By its nature, the Rendall Process cannot generate any of the noxious and bio-toxic organic compounds, such as phenols, cresols and dioxins, that have presented community health hazards in the vicinity of antiquated oil shale facilities in the past.
Industrial chemical cresols and downstream derivatives.