Benzoic Acid Definition

A white, crystalline organic acid, C6H5COOH, produced commercially from toluene and used as an antiseptic and preservative and in the making of perfumes, flavorings, etc.
Webster's New World
An aromatic white crystalline acid, C7 H6 O2 , used as a food preservative and in dentifrices, germicides, and the manufacturing and processing of dyes.
American Heritage Medicine

(organic chemistry) A white crystalline organic acid, C6H5COOH; the simplest aromatic carboxylic acid; used as a food preservative and in many other industrial applications.


Origin of Benzoic Acid

  • From benzoin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to benzoic acid using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With


benzoic acid