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benzoin

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noun ben·zo·in \ˈben-zə-wən, -zō-, -ˌwēn; -ˌzȯin\

Definition of benzoin

  1. 1 :  a hard fragrant yellowish balsamic resin from trees (genus Styrax) of southeastern Asia used especially as a fixative in perfumes, as incense, and in medicine as an expectorant and skin protectant

  2. 2 :  a white crystalline hydroxy ketone C14H12O2 made from benzaldehyde



Origin of benzoin

modification of Middle French benjoin, from Catalan benjuí, from Arabic lubān jāwi, literally, frankincense of Java


First Known Use: 1562


Medical Dictionary

noun ben·zo·in \ˈben-zə-wən, -ˌwēn; -ˌzȯin\

Medical Definition of benzoin

  1. 1:  a hard fragrant yellowish balsamic resin from trees (genus Styrax of the family Styracaceae) of southeastern Asia used especially as an expectorant and topically to relieve skin irritations

  2. 2:  a white crystalline hydroxy ketone C14H12O2 made from benzaldehyde

  3. 3:  a tree yielding benzoin




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