3D model (JSmol)
|Molar mass||108.14 g/mol|
|Appearance||colorless liquid to yellowish liquid|
|Density||1.034 g/cm3, liquid at 20 °C|
|Melting point||11 °C (52 °F; 284 K)|
|Boiling point||202.8 °C (397.0 °F; 475.9 K)|
|2.35 g/100 ml at 20 °C
5.8 g/100 ml at 100 °C
|Solubility in ethanol||fully miscible|
|Solubility in diethyl ether||fully miscible|
|Vapor pressure||0.14 mmHg (20°C)|
Refractive index (nD)
|Viscosity||184.23 cP at 20 °C|
|Main hazards||May cause serious burns. Very destructive of mucous membranes. Harmful if inhaled. Toxic in contact with the skin or if swallowed.|
|Safety data sheet||External MSDS|
|R-phrases (outdated)||R20 R24 R25 R34|
|S-phrases (outdated)||S36 S37 S39 S45|
|Flash point||86 °C|
|Explosive limits||1.1%-? (149°C)|
|Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):|
LD50 (median dose)
|242 mg/kg (oral, rat, 1969)
2020 mg/kg (oral, rat, 1944)
828 mg/kg (oral, mouse)
|US health exposure limits (NIOSH):|
|TWA 5 ppm (22 mg/m3) [skin]|
|TWA 2.3 ppm (10 mg/m3)|
IDLH (Immediate danger)
|o-cresol, p-cresol, phenol|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
|what is ?)(|
meta-Cresol, also 3-methylphenol, is an organic compound with the formula CH3C6H4(OH). It is a colourless, viscous liquid that is an intermediate in the production of other chemicals. It is a derivative of phenol and is an isomer of p-cresol and o-cresol.
Together with many other compounds, m-cresol is traditionally extracted from coal tar, the volatile materials obtained in the production of coke from (bituminous) coal. This residue contains a few percent by weight of phenol and isomeric cresols. In the cymene-cresol process, phenol is alkylated with propylene to give isomers of cymene, which can be oxidatively dealkylated (Hock rearrangement) analogous to the cumene process.
m-Cresol is a precursor to numerous compounds. Important examples include:
- pesticides such as fenitrothion and fenthion.
- synthetic vitamin E via methylation to give the 2,3,6-trimethyphenol.
- antiseptics, such as amylmetacresol.
- a solvent for polymers. For example, polyaniline is cast from a solution of m-cresol to form a polyaniline film with a superior conductivity than polyaniline alone. This phenomenon known as secondary doping.
- preservatives in some insulins.
- the starting point in the total synthesis of Thymol, an important synthetic chemical for regions lacking natural sources of the flavor compound:
- the synthesis of Dicresulene and Policresulen.
- The synthesis of Toliprolol & Tolamolol.
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- Some chemical constituents of the secretion from the temporal gland of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana). Jack Adams, Alexander Garcia and Christopher S. Foote, Journal Of Chemical Ecology, 1978, Volume 4, Number 1, 17-25, doi:10.1007/BF00988256
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