Definition of salicylic acid in English:

salicylic acid

Line breaks: sali|cyl¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /ˌsalɪˈsɪlɪk


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • 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)
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    • 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.


mid 19th century: salicylic from French salicyle (the radical of the acid), from Latin salix, salic- 'willow'.

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