benzoic acid

noun
ben·​zo·​ic acid | \ ben-ˈzō-ik- How to pronounce benzoic acid (audio) \

Definition of benzoic acid

: a white crystalline acid C6H5COOH found naturally (as in benzoin or in cranberries) or made synthetically and used especially as a preservative of foods, as an antifungal agent in pharmaceuticals, and in organic synthesis

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Recent Examples on the Web The health effects of nicotine as a salt with benzoic acid is also relatively unknown. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "What’s actually in an e-cigarette?," 18 Oct. 2019 Juul uses benzoic acid, though their patent covers a wide range of other acids as well. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Juul’s nicotine salts are dominating the market — and other companies want in," 21 Nov. 2018 Further, Zeichner says that ingredients like propylene glycol, benzene, benzoic acid, and chlorhexidine can potentially cause irritation and even allergic contact dermatitis. Sofia Barrett-ibarria, Allure, "Your Guide to Body-Safe Lubes and What They're Made Of," 21 Sep. 2018 Juul pods include glycerol, propylene glycol, natural oils, extracts and flavor, nicotine and benzoic acid, company officials say, but not diacetyl, a potentially harmful chemical used in other vaping products for flavoring. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "As Juul vaping surges among teens, health concerns grow," 27 May 2018 Juul’s e-cigarette liquid contains only five: glycerol, propylene glycol, nicotine, benzoic acid, and food-grade flavoring. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of benzoic acid

1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for benzoic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, from benzoin

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“Benzoic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benzoic%20acid. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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benzoic acid

noun
ben·​zo·​ic acid | \ ben-ˌzō-ik- How to pronounce benzoic acid (audio) \

Medical Definition of benzoic acid

: a white crystalline acid C6H6O2 found naturally (as in benzoin or in cranberries) or made synthetically and used especially as a preservative of foods, in medicine, and in organic synthesis

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