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creosote

Pronunciation: kre'o-sot

Definition: A mixture of phenols (chiefly methyl guaiacol, guaiacol, and creosol) obtained during the distillation of wood-tar, preferably that derived from beechwood; used as a disinfectant and wood preservative.

[G. kreas, flesh, + soter, preserver]

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