Definition of creosol in US English:



  • A colorless liquid which is the chief constituent of wood-tar creosote.

    Alternative name:2-methoxy-4-methylphenol; chemical formula: C₈H₁₀O₂

    • ‘The EPA has banned creosol use because of health risks associated with it.’
    • ‘The witness said that she smelled a substance similar in odor to creosol.’
    • ‘These toxic by-products include, but are not limited to hydrogen sulfide, phenols, creosols, indoles, and ammonia.’
    • ‘The aqueous layer is removed and washed three times with 200-ml. portions of benzene, and the benzene extracts are combined with the crude creosol separated initially.’
    • ‘Laminated Belting is not resistant to concentrated organic & inorganic acids, phenols & creosols.’


Mid 19th century: from creosote + -ol.