methyl salicylate

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methyl salicylate

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The methyl ester of salicylic acid, C8H8O3, an essential oil derived from birch or wintergreen or made synthetically, used as a counterirritant in ointments to treat muscle pain.
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Noun1.methyl salicylate - a liquid ester with a strong odor of wintergreen; applied externally for minor muscle and joint pain
oil of wintergreen, wintergreen oil - oil or flavoring obtained from the creeping wintergreen or teaberry plant
salicylate - a salt of salicylic acid (included in several commonly used drugs)