acetylsalicylic acid

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ace·​tyl·​sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid | \ ə-ˈsē-tᵊl-ˌsa-lə-ˌsi-lik- How to pronounce acetylsalicylic acid (audio) \

Definition of acetylsalicylic acid

: a white crystalline derivative C9H8O4 of salicylic acid used for relief of pain and fever : aspirin sense 1 Aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid and is based on salicylic acid, which was originally extracted from willow bark.Berkeley Wellness Letter Episodes are often precipitated by the ingestion of alcohol and chocolate and do not occur after exercise or the use of acetylsalicylic acid as in this patient.— Mandakolathur R. Murali et al.

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Bayer applied for a German patent but was rejected, as acetylsalicylic acid had been synthesized earlier, first by a French chemist and later by a German chemist. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Aspirin’s Four-Thousand-Year History," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of acetylsalicylic acid

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acetylsalicylic acid

partial translation of German Acetylosalicylsäure, from Acetyl acetyl + Salicylsäure salicylic acid

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acetylsalicylic acid

noun
ace·​tyl·​sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid | \ ə-ˈsēt-ᵊl-ˌsal-ə-ˌsil-ik- How to pronounce acetylsalicylic acid (audio) \

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