Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of three isomeric phenols, CH3C6H4OH, used in resins and as a disinfectant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. either of the three isomeric phenols derived from toluene: ortho-, meta- or para-methylphenol

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of three metameric substances, CH3.C6H4.OH, homologous with and resembling phenol. They are obtained from coal tar and wood tar, and are colorless, oily liquids or solids. [Called also cresylic acid.]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A phenol having the formula C7H8O, occurring in coal- and wood-tar. When pure it forms a colorless crystalline mass. Also cresylic acid and cressol.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of three poisonous colorless isomeric phenols; derived from coal or wood tar; used as a disinfectant

Etymologies

Alteration of creosol.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A declining dollar may even worsen our trade deficit in the short run, as it will increase the dollar price of many articles we no longer have any choice but to import, foreign competition having wiped out all domestic suppliers of items as prosaic as fabric suitcases and as sophisticated as the epoxy cresol novolac resins used in computer chips.

    Ian Fletcher: Currency Revaluation Won't Fix America's Trade Mess

  • "Dark chocolate reduced the urinary excretion of the stress hormone cortisol and catecholamines and partially normalized stress-related differences in energy metabolism (glycine, citrate, trans-aconitate, proline, ╬▓-alanine) and gut microbial activities (hippurate and p-cresol sulfate)."

    How dark chocolate helps ease emotional stress - latest scientific evidence

  • Their flavor has an unusual medicinal or barnyard note thanks to cresol, as well as more common bready and brothy aromas from simple sulfur compounds methional, dimethyl sulfide.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • It often has musty and horse-stable notes, probably from the prolonged fermentation of the fruit layer skatole, cresol.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Solution of cresol and soap (powerful disinfectant used for floors and other surfaces).

    Chapter 5

  • - Do not confuse with pure cresol, without soap (see remarks).

    Chapter 4

  • - Concentrated solution (containing 50% cresol and 50% liquid soap) to be DILUTED before use

    Chapter 4

  • An efficient but expensive product which can be used as an antiseptic (0.25% chloroxylenol solution) and disinfectant (see "soapy solution of cresol").

    Chapter 5

  • Disinfect the shed every two weeks with water and potassium chloride or water and cresol.

    Chapter 8

  • Add disinfectant to the water to prevent the wound getting infected, for example, soap, or potassium permanganate or cresol.

    Chapter 5

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