hydroxybenzoic acid


hy·​droxy·​ben·​zo·​ic acid -ben-ˌzō-ik- How to pronounce hydroxybenzoic acid (audio)
: any of three crystalline derivatives C7H6O3 of benzoic acid that contain one hydroxyl group per molecule: as
: the colorless para-substituted acid used in making several of its esters that are effective preservatives

called also parahydroxybenzoic acid

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“Hydroxybenzoic acid.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/hydroxybenzoic%20acid. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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