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1. a group of phenols from coal or wood tar; includes p-cresol, o-cresol (2-methylphenol), m-phenol (3-methylphenol), p-phenol (4-methylphenol).
2. a preparation consisting of a mixture of isomeric cresol from coal tar or petroleum is used as a disinfectant.
the form of poisoning depends on the route of entry and the dose. There may be local corrosion, or cardiac depression, or liver damage with signs of jaundice, weakness, coma and death.