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A white crystalline benzoic acid derivative, C7H6O3, used in making aspirin, as a preservative, and as a topical treatment for skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and warts.
[From French salicyle, the radical of salicylic acid, from salicine, salicin; see salicin.]
(Elements & Compounds) a white crystalline slightly water-soluble substance with a sweet taste and bitter aftertaste, used in the manufacture of aspirin, dyes, and perfumes, and as a fungicide. Formula: C6H4(OH)(COOH)
[C19: from salicyl (via French from Latin salix a willow + -yl) + -ic]
sal′i•cyl′ic ac′id(ˌsæl əˈsɪl ɪk)
a white crystalline substance, C7H6O3, prepared from salicin or phenol: used as a food preservative and in the manufacture of aspirin.
[1830–40; < French salicyl the diatomic radical of salicylic acid (< Latin salic-, s. of salix willow + French -yl]
A white, crystalline acid used to make aspirin, to treat certain skin conditions, and to preserve and flavor foods.
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|Noun||1.||salicylic acid - a white crystalline substance with a bitter aftertaste; used as a fungicide or in making aspirin or dyes or perfumes|
acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin, Bayer, Empirin, St. Joseph - the acetylated derivative of salicylic acid; used as an analgesic anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Bayer, Empirin, and St. Joseph) usually taken in tablet form; used as an antipyretic; slows clotting of the blood by poisoning platelets
diflunisal, Dolobid - nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (trade name Dolobid) used to treat arthritis and other inflammatory conditions
hydroxy acid - any acid that has hydroxyl groups in addition to the hydroxyl group in the acid itself