methyl salicylate

noun

: a liquid ester C8H8O3 that is obtained from the leaves of a wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) or the bark of a birch (Betula lenta), but is usually made synthetically, and that is used as a flavoring and as a counterirritant see birch oil, oil of wintergreen

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“Methyl salicylate.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/methyl%20salicylate. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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