—creosotic /kree'euh sot"ik/, adj./kree"euh soht'/, n., v., creosoted, creosoting.n.1. an oily liquid having a burning taste and a penetrating odor, obtained by the distillation of coal and wood tar, used mainly as a preservative for wood and as an antiseptic.2. See coal-tar creosote.v.t.3. to treat with creosote.[ < G Kreosote (1832) < Gk kreo-, comb. form of kréas flesh + soter savior, preserver (in reference to its antiseptic properties)]
* * *Either of two entirely different substances, distilled from coal tar or wood tar.Coal-tar creosote is a complex mixture of organic compounds, largely hydrocarbons. It is a cheap water-insoluble wood preservative used for railroad ties, telephone poles, and marine pier pilings and as a disinfectant, fungicide, and biocide. Wood-tar creosote consists mainly of phenols and related compounds and was once widely used for pharmaceutical purposes.
* * *either of two entirely different substances, coal-tar creosote and wood-tar creosote. In commerce, creosote is a coal-tar distillate, a complex mixture of organic compounds, largely hydrocarbons. It is commonly used as a wood preservative. The creosote distilled from wood tar is a mixture of phenolic compounds; it once was used extensively for pharmaceutical purposes.
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