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creosote

 [kre´o-sōt]
a mixture of phenols from wood tar, formerly used as an expectorant and external antiseptic and now mainly used as a wood preservative. A mixture of the carbonates of various constituents of creosote (creosote carbonate) is used as an expectorant and antiseptic.

cre·o·sote

(krē'ō-sōt),
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, + sōtēr, preserver]

creosote

(krē′ə-sōt′)
n.
1. A colorless to yellowish oily liquid containing phenols and creosols, obtained by the destructive distillation of wood tar, especially from the wood of a beech, and formerly used as an expectorant in treating chronic bronchitis.
2. A yellowish to greenish-brown oily liquid containing phenols and creosols, obtained from coal tar and used as a wood preservative and disinfectant. It can cause severe neurological disturbances if inhaled in strong concentrations.
tr.v. creo·soted, creo·soting, creo·sotes
To treat or paint with creosote.

creosote

[krē′əsōt]
a flammable oily liquid with a smoky odor that is used primarily as a wood preservative. It can cause a wide variety of health problems, ranging from cancer and corneal damage to convulsions, dermatitis, and vertigo. Persons who work with treated wood are usually at the greatest risk of exposure. See also phenol poisoning.

cre·o·sote

(krēŏ-sōt)
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, + sōtēr, preserver]

creosote (krēˑ· sōt),

n a colorless to yellowish, oily liquid obtained by distilling wood tar, particularly
Fagus sylvatica; used as wood preservative; harmful to animals because they may develop skin irritation by chewing on wood treated with creosote.

cre·o·sote

(krēŏ-sōt)
A mixture of phenols obtained during distillation of wood-tar; used as a disinfectant.
[G. kreas, flesh, + sōtēr, preserver]

creosote

a mixture of phenols from wood tar; used externally as an antiseptic and internally in chronic bronchitis as an expectorant. A mixture of the carbonates of various constituents of creosote (creosote carbonate) is used the same as the base.

creosote-treated timber
treating timber with creosote is a common method of preservation. Use of the timber for housing while it is still wet may cause poisoning especially in young pigs. There may be local burning of the skin, oral, esophageal and gastric erosion, or degeneration of parenchymatous organs.
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