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paraben Line breaks: para|ben
Pronunciation: /ˈparəbɛn/

Definition of paraben in English:


Any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry.
Example sentences
  • Twenty breast tumours have been found to contain high concentrations of paraben, a chemical that mimics estrogen in the body.
  • The family's common names follow the standard alkane hydrocarbon sequence: methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben, etc.
  • I have done a bit of homespun research of my own into this group of compounds, of which there are five: butyl, ethyl, isobutyl, methyl and propyl paraben.


1950s: from para-1 + (hydroxy)ben(zoic).

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