sodium benzoate

noun

: a crystalline or granular salt C7H5O2Na used chiefly as a food preservative

Examples of sodium benzoate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because more expensive soy sauces typically lack the preservative, sodium benzoate, that more common grocery-store soy sauces use to extend shelf life. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 26 Mar. 2024 While the risk-reward relationship of parabens is still largely unclear, more and more brands are cutting them from their products and replacing them with alternatives like sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Oct. 2022 The only catch: Check the label for preservatives like potassium sulfate or sodium benzoate, both of which can kill the yeast required for fermentation. Justin Pot, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sodium benzoate was circa 1900

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“Sodium benzoate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sodium%20benzoate. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

sodium benzoate

noun
: a crystalline or granular salt C7H5O2Na used chiefly as a food preservative

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