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Flavouring m-Cresol
Synonym(s) m-Cresylic acid
1-Hydroxy-3-methylbenzene
3-Hydroxytoluene
m-Methylphenol
Latest JECFA evaluation 2000 (Session 55)
Status of specification Full
Chemical name m-Cresol
JECFA number 692
CAS number 108-39-4  
FEMA number 3530
COE number 617
FLAVIS number -
Molecular weight 108.14 
Chemical formula C7H8O  
Physical form/odour Colourless to yellow-brown liquid, dry, tarry, medicinal-leathery, phenolic odour 
Solubility slightly soluble in water; soluble in oils 
Solubility in ethanol miscible 
Boiling point (°C) 201°
Assay min % 98%
Acid value max -
Refractive index 1.537-1.543
Specific gravity 1.028-1.033
Other requirements -
ID Test IR
Spectrum http://www.fao.org/ag/agn/jecfa-flav/img/img_add8/692.gif