plural BHAs
: a phenolic antioxidant C11H16O2 used especially to preserve fats and oils in food

BHA

2 of 2

abbreviation or noun

plural BHAs
: beta hydroxy acid
BHAs or a combination of AHAs and BHAs are best for the breakout-prone.Valerie Monroe

Word History

Etymology

Noun

butylated hydroxyanisole

First Known Use

Noun

1948, in the meaning defined above

Abbreviation Or Noun

1995, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of BHA was in 1948

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“BHA.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/BHA. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

BHA

1 of 2 noun
: a phenolic antioxidant C11H16O2 used especially to preserve fats and oils in food

called also butylated hydroxyanisole

BHA

2 of 2 abbreviation or noun
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