sodium benzoate


Definition of sodium benzoate

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

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Recent Examples on the Web There are also some questionable additives in the ingredients list, including carrageenan and sodium benzoate, which have both been linked to inflammation. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Starbucks Holiday Drinks: Which Is the Healthiest?," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sodium benzoate

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Sodium benzoate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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

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