Pronunciation: ben′zō-in, ben′zoyn
Definition: A balsamic resin obtained from Styrax benzoin (family Styracaceae), used as a stimulant expectorant, but usually by inhalation in laryngitis and bronchitis; it retards rancidification of fats and is used for this purpose in the official benzoinated lard.
Synonym(s): gum benjamin, gum benzoin
[It. benzoino, fr. Ar. lubān jāwīy, Javan incense]
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