benzoic acid

noun ben·zo·ic acid \ ben-ˈzō-ik- \

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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Origin and Etymology of benzoic acid

International Scientific Vocabulary, from benzoin


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benzoic acid

noun ben·zo·ic acid \ ben-ˌzō-ik- \

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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