benzoin

noun
ben·​zo·​in | \ˈben-zə-wən, -zō-, -ˌwēn;-ˌzȯin\

Definition of benzoin 

1 : a hard fragrant yellowish balsamic resin from trees (genus Styrax) of southeastern Asia used especially as a fixative in perfumes, as incense, and in medicine as an expectorant and skin protectant

2 : a white crystalline hydroxy ketone C14H12O2 made from benzaldehyde

First Known Use of benzoin

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for benzoin

modification of Middle French benjoin, from Catalan benjuí, from Arabic lubān jāwi, literally, frankincense of Java

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benzoin

noun
ben·​zo·​in | \ˈben-zə-wən, -ˌwēn; -ˌzȯin \

Medical Definition of benzoin 

1 : a hard fragrant yellowish balsamic resin from trees (genus Styrax of the family Styracaceae) of southeastern Asia used especially as an expectorant and topically to relieve skin irritations

2 : a white crystalline hydroxy ketone C14H12O2 made from benzaldehyde

3 : a tree yielding benzoin

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