Salicylic Acid Definition

A white, crystalline compound, HOC6H4COOH, prepared from salicin or phenol and used in the manufacture of aspirin, as a food preservative and mild antiseptic, etc.
Webster's New World
  • 2-hydroxybenzoic acid

Origin of Salicylic Acid

  • From French salicyle the radical of salicylic acid from salicine salicin salicin

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

  • Salix (the willow), from whose bark it can be obtained.

    From Wiktionary

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