Paraben definition

părə-bĕn
Any of various esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid that have bactericidal or fungicidal properties and are therefore used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
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An ester of para-hydroxybenzoic acid, used as a preservative in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
paraben
Plural:
parabens

Origin of paraben

  • para(-hydroxy)ben(zoic acid)

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