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benzoic acid

noun ben·zo·ic acid \ben-ˈzō-ik-\

Definition of BENZOIC ACID

:  a white crystalline acid C6H5COOH found naturally (as in benzoin or in cranberries) or made synthetically and used especially as a preservative of foods, in medicine, and in organic synthesis

Origin of BENZOIC ACID

International Scientific Vocabulary, from benzoin
First Known Use: 1791

benzoic acid

noun ben·zo·ic acid \ben-ˌzō-ik-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BENZOIC ACID

:  a white crystalline acid C6H6O2 found naturally (as in benzoin or in cranberries) or made synthetically and used especially as a preservative of foods, in medicine, and in organic synthesis

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