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.

A white, crystalline acid used in preserving food, as a cosmetic, and in medicine. Benzoic acid consists of a benzene ring with a carboxyl group (COOH) attached. It occurs naturally in some plants. Chemical formula: C7H6O2.
American Heritage Science

Origin of Benzoic Acid

  • From benzoin

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


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