salicylic acidsal·i·cyl·ic acid
a white, crystalline compound, HOCHCOOH, prepared from salicin or phenol and used in the manufacture of aspirin, as a food preservative and mild antiseptic, etc.
Origin of salicylic acidsalicyl (radical of the acid) from French salicyle from Classical Latin salix (see salicin) + French -yle, -yl + -ic
A white crystalline benzoic acid derivative, C7H6O3, used in making aspirin, as a preservative, and as a topical treatment for skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and warts.
Origin of salicylic acidFrom French salicyle the radical of salicylic acid from salicine salicin ; see salicin.
Salix (the willow), from whose bark it can be obtained.