benzoin

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

ben·zo·in

noun \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

Origin of BENZOIN

modification of Middle French benjoin, from Catalan benjuí, from Arabic lubān jāwi, literally, frankincense of Java
First Known Use: 1562

ben·zo·in

noun \ˈben-zə-wən, -ˌwēn; -ˌzin\   (Medical Dictionary)

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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: benzoinated
Previous Word in the Dictionary: benzoic sulfimide
All Words Near: benzoin

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up benzoin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More