Definition of cresol in English:

cresol

Line breaks: cre¦sol
Pronunciation: /ˈkriːsɒl
 
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noun

Chemistry
Each of three isomeric crystalline compounds present in coal-tar creosote, used as disinfectants.
  • the ortho-, meta-, and para-methyl derivatives of phenol; chemical formula: CH3C6H4OH
More example sentences
  • Sebacic acid can be synthesized from phenols and cresols, but castor oil oxidation is considered a ‘greener’ process.
  • Our results support the theory of toluene genotoxicity, under conditions of higher exposure, because the percentage of reactive metabolites finally biotransformed to cresols and benzyl mercapturic acid was very small.
  • We measured unconjugated, glucuronic acid-conjugated, and sulfuric acid-conjugated cresols in the patient's biological fluids.

Origin

mid 19th century: from creosote + -ol.

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