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Meaning of methylparaben

meth•yl•par•a•ben

Pronunciation: (meth"ul-par'u-ben"), [key]
— n. Chem.
  1. a fine, white, needlelike substance, CHO, used chiefly as a preservative in foods and pharmaceuticals.
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