|Systematic name: benzenecarboxylic acid a white crystalline solid occurring in many natural resins, used in the manufacture of benzoates, plasticizers, and dyes and as a food preservative (E210). Formula: C6H5COOH|
benzoic acid ben·zo·ic acid (běn-zō'ĭk)
An aromatic white crystalline acid used to season tobacco and in perfumes, dentifrices, and germicides.
|benzoic acid (běn-zō'ĭk) Pronunciation Key
A white, crystalline acid used in preserving food, as a cosmetic, and in medicine. Benzoic acid consists of a benzene ring with a carboxyl group (COOH) attached. It occurs naturally in some plants. Chemical formula: C7H6O2.