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salicylic acid

noun, Chemistry, Pharmacology
1.
a white, crystalline, very slightly water-soluble powder, C 7 H 6 O 3 , prepared from salicin or phenol: used as a food preservative, in the manufacture of aspirin, and in medicine chiefly in the form of a salicylate as a remedy for rheumatic and gouty conditions.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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  • Glycerin would have kept her body from drying out too much, and salicylic acid would have prevented the growth of fungi.
  • Scrub gently with a mildly abrasive material and a soap that contains salicylic acid to remove old skin so that new skin can grow.
  • Peeling ointments, such as those containing salicylic acid, may be used on thickened lesions.
  • People aren't the only ones to benefit from salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin.
British Dictionary definitions for salicylic acid

salicylic acid

/ˌsælɪˈsɪlɪk/
noun
1.
a white crystalline slightly water-soluble substance with a sweet taste and bitter aftertaste, used in the manufacture of aspirin, dyes, and perfumes, and as a fungicide. Formula: C6H4(OH)(COOH)
Word Origin
C19: from salicyl (via French from Latin salix a willow + -yl) + -ic
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salicylic acid in Medicine

salicylic acid sal·i·cyl·ic acid (sāl'ĭ-sĭl'ĭk)
n.
A white crystalline acid used in making aspirin and in the topical treatment of skin conditions such as eczema.

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salicylic acid in Science
salicylic acid
  (sāl'ĭ-sĭl'ĭk)   
A white, crystalline acid used to make aspirin, to treat certain skin conditions, and to preserve and flavor foods. Salicylic acid is benzoic acid with a hydroxyl group (OH) attached to the carboxyl group (COOH). Chemical formula: C7H6O3.
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