oil of wintergreen


oil of wintergreen

Definition of OIL OF WINTERGREEN

:  the methyl ester of salicylic acid that is used as a flavoring and as a counterirritant

First Known Use of OIL OF WINTERGREEN

1857

oil of wintergreen

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OIL OF WINTERGREEN

: a preparation of methyl salicylate obtained by distilling the leaves of wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)—called also gaultheria oil, wintergreen oil; compare birch oil

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