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[ben-zoh-ik] /bɛnˈzoʊ ɪk/
adjective, Chemistry
of or derived from benzoin or benzoic acid.
Origin of benzoic
1785-95; benzo(in)1 + -ic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for benzoic
  • Its high benzoic acid content acts as a natural preservative.
  • Aromatic carboxylic acids, the simplest being benzoic acid, are solids.
  • Reactions on oxidation, benzaldehyde is converted into the odorless benzoic acid.
  • They also investigated how hippuric acid is related to benzoic acid.
  • The resulting calcium benzoate is converted to benzoic acid with hydrochloric acid.
  • The product contains significant amounts of chlorinated benzoic acid derivatives.
  • benzoic acid inhibits the growth of mold, yeast and some bacteria.
  • The mechanism starts with the absorption of benzoic acid in to the cell.
  • The efficacy of benzoic acid and benzoate is thus dependent on the ph of the food.
  • benzoic acid esters are the product of the acid catalysed reaction with alcohols.
British Dictionary definitions for benzoic


of, containing, or derived from benzoic acid or benzoin
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Word Origin and History for benzoic

1791, from benzoin + -ic.

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