View your list of saved words. (You can log in using Facebook.)
White, crystalline solid organic compound used chiefly to make aspirin and other pharmaceutical products, including methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen, for medicines and flavourings), phenyl salicylate (for sunburn creams and pill coatings), and salicylanilide (a cutaneous fungicide). Its molecular structure, with the formula CH(OH)COOH, consists of a six-membered aromatic ring (seearomatic compound) having a hydroxyl group (OH) and a carboxyl group (COOH) bonded to adjacent carbon atoms; as such, it is both a phenol and a carboxylic acid. It and certain derivatives occur naturally in some plants, particularly species of Spiraea and Salix (willow). Large amounts are used in producing certain dyes.
This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise. For the full entry on salicylic acid, visit Britannica.com.