cresol definition

  • noun:
    • Any of three isomeric phenols, CH3C6H4OH, found in resins so when a disinfectant.
    • either of three isomeric phenols based on toluene: ortho-, meta- or para-methylphenol
    • Any one of three metameric substances, CH3.C6H4.OH, homologous with and resembling phenol. They're acquired from coal tar and wood tar, and are also colorless, oily liquids or solids. [Called also cresylic acid.]
    • A phenol having the formula C7H8O, happening in coal- and wood-tar. Whenever pure it types a colorless crystalline mass. Also cresylic acid and cressol.
    • any one of three toxic colorless isomeric phenols; based on coal or wood-tar; used as a disinfectant

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