Meaning of methyl salicylate

meth'yl salic'ylate

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  1. a colorless, water-soluble liquid, CHO, produced synthetically or by maceration and subsequent distillation from birch or gaultheria: used chiefly in perfumery and flavoring, and in medicine as a counterirritant in external preparations. Also called
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