|salicylic acid (ˌsælɪˈsɪlɪk)|
|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)|
|[C19: from salicyl (via French from Latin salix a willow + |
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
salicylic acid sal·i·cyl·ic acid (sāl'ĭ-sĭl'ĭk)
A white crystalline acid used in making aspirin and in the topical treatment of skin conditions such as eczema.
|salicylic acid (sāl'ĭ-sĭl'ĭk) Pronunciation Key
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.