O-Cresol, 95-48-7 / Hazardous Substance Ecological Fact Sheet
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2-Cresol (2-methylphenol) is a crystalline solid at temperatures up to 30° C, above which it is a yellowish liquid. It has a phenolic odor, and darkens with exposure to air and light. It is used as a disinfectant, solvent, and food antioxidant; in the manufacture of dyes, perfumes, herbicides, plastics and resins; in ore flotation, and as an intermediate in the production of other chemicals. o-Cresol is highly soluble in water, and may enter the aquatic environment via effluents from chemical plants where it is manufactured or used, domestic waste treatment plant discharges, or spills.
CAS Number: 95-48-7