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Commercially available mixture of 6 isomers. Xylenol is a white, crystalline solid that is a derivative of Coal tar and a constituent of Cresylic acid. It is used as a Disinfectant, Insecticide, Fungicide, Plasticizer, rubber additive, Wetting agent, and an additive in dyestuffs.

Synonyms and Related Terms

dimethylphenol; hydroxydimethylbenzene; dimethylhydroxybenzene

Other Properties

Soluble in most organic solvents and alkalis. Slightly soluble in water.

Composition (CH3)2C6H3OH
CAS 1300-71-6
Melting Point 20 - 76
Density 1.02-1.03
Molecular Weight mol. wt.=122.16
Boiling Point 203 - 225

Hazards and Safety


Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 251
  • G.G. Hawley, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 6th ed., 1961

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