Any of various esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid that have bactericidal or fungicidal properties and are therefore used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
An ester of para-hydroxybenzoic acid, used as a preservative in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
Other Word Forms
Origin of paraben
- para(-hydroxy)ben(zoic acid)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition