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salicylic acid Syllabification: sal·i·cyl·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /ˌsaləˌsilik ˈasəd/

Definition of salicylic acid in English:


A bitter compound present in certain plants. It is used as a fungicide and in the manufacture of aspirin and dyestuffs.
  • Alternative name: o-hydroxybenzoic acid; chemical formula: C6H4(OH)(COOH)
Example sentences
  • Keratolytic preparations containing salicylic acid in a propylene glycol gel may be used to remove the stratum corneum.
  • Anti-acne creams contain compounds such as salicylic acid, sulphur, and triclosan that are effective at killing bacteria and reducing the signs of acne.
  • Raspberries are a rich source of the pollution-busting supernutrient ellagic acid and salicylic acid, nature's form of aspirin, which may help to deal with any light-headedness.


Pronunciation: /səˈlisəˌlāt/
Example sentences
  • A psychiatrist was found negligent in his care of a patient with a diagnosis of depression who died after an overdose of salicylate.
  • Other topicals contain anti-inflammatories such as trolamine salicylate, a relative of aspirin.


Mid 19th century: salicylic from French salicyle, the radical of the acid, + -ic.

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