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Meaning of salicylic acid

sal'icyl'ic ac'id

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— Chem., Pharm. Chem.,Pharm.
  1. a white, crystalline, very slightly water-soluble powder, CHO, prepared from salicin or phenol: used as a food preservative, in the manufacture of aspirin, and in medicine chiefly in the form of a salicylate as a remedy for rheumatic and gouty conditions.
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