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Meaning of benzoic acid

benzo'ic ac'id

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— Chem., Pharm. Chem.,Pharm.
  1. a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble powder, CHO, usually derived from benzoin or other balsams, or synthesized from phthalic acid or toluene: used chiefly as a preservative, in the synthesis of dyes, and in medicine as a germicide. Also called
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