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benzoin

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

Definition of BENZOIN

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
:  a white crystalline hydroxy ketone C14H12O2 made from benzaldehyde
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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

benzoin

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

Medical Definition of BENZOIN

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
:  a white crystalline hydroxy ketone C14H12O2 made from benzaldehyde
3
:  a tree yielding benzoin

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