salicylic acid

noun

sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid ˌsa-lə-ˈsi-lik- How to pronounce salicylic acid (audio)
: a crystalline phenolic acid C7H6O3 that is used medicinally especially as a skin exfoliant and in the form of salts and other derivatives as an analgesic and antipyretic compare aspirin

Examples of salicylic acid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its trio of retinol, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid manages to clarify pores and limit sebum production sans irritation. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 30 June 2024 The glycolic and salicylic acid formula tackles everything from ingrown hairs and keratosis pilaris to bacne and discoloration. Jackie Fields, Peoplemag, 17 June 2024 Key Ingredients: Atlantic sea kelp, proline, salicylic acid. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 14 June 2024 Gentler formulas, like those containing salicylic acid, may be used several times a week (or, in some cases, even every day). April Benshosan, Verywell Health, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for salicylic acid 

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Word History

Etymology

French salicylique, from salicyle, the group HOC6H4CO, from salicine salicin + -yle -yl

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salicylic acid was in 1840

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“Salicylic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salicylic%20acid. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

salicylic acid

noun
sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid ˌsal-ə-ˌsil-ik- How to pronounce salicylic acid (audio)
: a weak acid used especially in the form of salts to relieve pain and fever

Medical Definition

salicylic acid

noun
sal·​i·​cyl·​ic acid ˌsal-ə-ˌsil-ik- How to pronounce salicylic acid (audio)
: a crystalline phenolic acid C7H6O3 that is the ortho form of hydroxybenzoic acid and is used especially in making pharmaceuticals and dyes, as an antiseptic and disinfectant especially in treating skin diseases, as a keratolytic agent for skin exfoliation, and in the form of salts and other derivatives as an analgesic and antipyretic and in the treatment of rheumatism see aspirin

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