Definition of paracresol in US English:

paracresol

noun

Chemistry
  • The para-isomer of cresol, a low-melting crystalline solid with disinfectant properties, present in coal tar; 4-methylphenol, (CH₃)C₆H₄OH.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society. From para- + cresol.

Pronunciation

paracresol

/ˌparəˈkriːsɒl/