from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of three isomeric compounds, C15H14O, found in coal-tar and obtained as a by-product in the preparation of phenol and cresol. Alpha-pyrocresol forms white crystals which sublime very easily and melt at 195° C.; β-pyrocresol solidifies at 124° C.; and γ-pyrocresol crystallizes in needles which solidify at 10–105° C.


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