benzoic acid

benzoic acid

noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble powder, C 7 H 6 O 2 , usually derived from benzoin or other balsams, or synthesized from phthalic acid or toluene: used chiefly as a preservative, in the synthesis of dyes, and in medicine as a germicide.


Origin:
1785–95

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benzoic acid
 
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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

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benzoic acid ben·zo·ic acid (běn-zō'ĭk)
n.
An aromatic white crystalline acid used to season tobacco and in perfumes, dentifrices, and germicides.

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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.
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benzoic acid

a white, crystalline organic compound belonging to the family of carboxylic acids, widely used as a food preservative and in the manufacture of various cosmetics, dyes, plastics, and insect repellents.

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