salicylic acid, 2-hydroxybenzoic acid(noun)
a white crystalline substance with a bitter aftertaste; used as a fungicide or in making aspirin or dyes or perfumes
A white crystalline organic acid, 2-hydroxybenzoic acid, CH(OH)(COOH), used in the production of aspirin and other industrial chemicals.
Origin: Salix (the willow), from whose bark it can be obtained.
Salicylic acid is a monohydroxybenzoic acid, a type of phenolic acid and a beta hydroxy acid. This colorless crystalline organic acid is widely used in organic synthesis and functions as a plant hormone. It is derived from the metabolism of salicin. In addition to being an important active metabolite of aspirin, which acts in part as a prodrug to salicylic acid, it is probably best known for its use in anti-acne treatments. The salts and esters of salicylic acid are known as salicylates.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
produced in commercial quantities from carbolic acid; is a white crystalline powder, soluble in water, odourless, of a sweetish acid taste; largely used as an external antiseptic, and internally in the form of salicylate of sodium as a febrifuge and cure for acute rheumatism.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A compound obtained from the bark of the white willow and wintergreen leaves, and also prepared synthetically. It has bacteriostatic, fungicidal, and keratolytic actions. Its salts, the salicylates, are used as analgesics. (From Dorland's, 28th ed)
The numerical value of salicylic acid in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of salicylic acid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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