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

[Alteration of creosol.]


(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


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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