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benzoic acid Syllabification: ben·zo·ic ac·id
Pronunciation: /benˌzō-ik ˈasid/

Definition of benzoic acid in English:


A white crystalline substance present in benzoin and other plant resins, and used as a food preservative.
  • Chemical formula: C6H5COOH
Example sentences
  • Compounds that protect against sun damage include such things as titanium dioxide, para amino benzoic acid, and benzyl cinnamate.
  • In a second method, toluene is mixed with nitric acid and oxidized to produce benzoic acid.
  • The most commonly found preservatives in the food samples were benzoic acid and sorbic acid.
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