sa·​lic·​y·​late sə-ˈli-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce salicylate (audio)
: a salt or ester of salicylic acid

Examples of salicylate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cleansers with salicylic or glycolic acid can help manage acne, but strong salicylates might be too harsh. Syeda Khaula Saad, Verywell Health, 12 Feb. 2024 In addition to its physical exfoliants, the mask is also formulated with aspen bark which is a natural BHA and is rich in salicylates, providing a chemical exfoliation, too. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 6 July 2023 Topical pain relievers can include ingredients such as methyl salicylate and menthol (which both give a cooling sensation), NSAIDs (to relieve pain), and capsaicin (a compound of chili peppers that produces a warming sensation), according to the Cleveland Clinic. Demetria Wambia, SELF, 11 Apr. 2022 To address bad breath, plaque and gingivitis the ADA recommends looking for chlorhexidine, chlorine dioxide, cetylpyridinium chloride and essential oils such as eucalyptol, thymol and methyl salicylate. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 Huigens thinks that the chemicals themselves - benzyl cyanide and methyl salicylate - aren't actually attractive in their own right. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 19 Feb. 2010 The first was ionone-beta, a heart note with a voluminous freesia character, some woodiness, and a raspberryish background; the second was a salicylate, a tenacious lily-of-the-valley–type heart note. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Two of the organic chemical compounds — aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and trolamine salicylate — are proposed as not safe and effective for sunscreen use. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 Types include salicylic acid and betaine salicylate. Nia Decaille, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of salicylate was in 1842

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“Salicylate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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sa·​lic·​y·​late sə-ˈlis-ə-ˌlāt How to pronounce salicylate (audio)
: a salt or ester of salicylic acid

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