birch tar oil(redirected from birch tar)
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birch tar oil[′bərch ‚tär ‚ȯil]
A toxic liquid mixture of guaiacol, phenols, cresol, xylenol, and creosol; derived from distillation of birch tar and by dry distillation of the wood of Betula alba ; used as a disinfectant, in leather dressing, and in medicine.
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