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benzoic acid

Pronunciation: ben-zō′ik as′id

Definition: Occurring naturally in gum benzoin, it is used as a food preservative, locally as a fungistatic, and orally as an antiseptic. It is excreted rapidly as hippuric acid.

Synonym(s): benzoyl hydrate, flowers of benzoin

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