Definition of benzoic acid in English:

benzoic acid

Line breaks: ben|zoic acid
Pronunciation: /bɛnˈzəʊɪk


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A white crystalline substance present in benzoin and other plant resins, used as a food preservative.
    • Chemical formula: C6H5COOH
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    • 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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