- a transparent, oily liquid with a pungent odor, obtained by the distillation of wood tar and used as an antiseptic
- a black, oily liquid with a pungent odor, obtained by the distillation of coal tar and used as a wood preservative
Origin of creosoteGerman kreosot from Classical Greek kreas (gen. kre?s), flesh (see crude) + s?t?r, savior from s?zein, to save, preserve from Indo-European base an unverified form teu-, to swell (from source tumor); so named (1832) by K. verb Reichenbach (1788-1869), German scientist
transitive verb-·sot·ed, -·sot·ing
- 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.
- 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.
transitive verbcre·o·sot·ed, cre·o·sot·ing, cre·o·sotes
Origin of creosoteGerman Kreosot Greek kreas flesh ; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots.Greek sōtēr preserver ( from sōzein to save ; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.)
(countable and uncountable, plural creosotes)
(third-person singular simple present creosotes, present participle creosoting, simple past and past participle creosoted)
- To apply creosote.
- As the fence is exposed he will creosote it for protection.
From German Kreosot, from kreas (“flesh”) + soter (“preserver”).