salicylic acid[sal′ə sil′ik]
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 in the external treatment of skin conditions such as eczema.
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.