Meaning of sodium benzoate

so'dium ben'zoate

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— Chem., Pharm. Chem.,Pharm.
  1. a white, crystalline or granular, water-soluble powder, CHNaO, used chiefly as a food preservative and antifungal agent, and in diagnostic tests of liver function. Also called
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