methyl salicylate

noun

Medical Definition of methyl salicylate

: 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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