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Benzoic Acid

In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.



CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Food additive (e number)

Antiseptic agent

Pharmaceutic aid: Preservative

Treatment of metabolic disease

Foreign Names

  • Acidum benzoicum (Latin)
  • Benzoesäure (German)
  • Acide benzoïque (French)
  • Acido benzoico (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Acide benzoïque (OS: DCF)
  • Benzoic Acid (OS: JAN)
  • E 210 (IS: E Number)
  • Acidum benzoicum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8, Ph. Int. 4)
  • Benzoesäure (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Benzoic Acid (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, USP 38)
  • Benzoic acid (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Benzoïque (Acide) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cholesterol benzoate (IS)
  • UNII-N09H13SHLB (IS)
  • Sodium Benzoate (OS: JAN, USAN)
  • Benzoesäure, Natriumsalz (IS)
  • E 211 (IS: E Number)
  • Natrium benzoicum (IS)
  • Natrii benzoas (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Natriumbenzoat (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Sodium (benzoate de) (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Sodium Benzoate (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, NF 33)
  • Sodium benzoate (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names


DCFDénomination Commune Française
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
USANUnited States Adopted Name
USPPharmacopoeia of the United States

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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