salicylic acid

noun sal·i·cyl·ic acid \ ˌsa-lə-ˈsi-lik- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of salicylic acid

: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

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Origin and Etymology of salicylic acid

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


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salicylic acid

noun sal·i·cyl·ic acid \ ˌsal-ə-ˌsil-ik- \

medical Definition of salicylic acid

: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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