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1 (wood creosote) An almost colourless liquid mixture of phenols obtained by distilling tar obtained by the destructive distillation of wood. It is used medically as an antiseptic and expectorant.

2 (coal-tar creosote) A dark liquid mixture of phenols and cresols obtained by distilling coal tar. It is used for preserving timber.

Subjects: Dentistry — Chemistry.

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