paraben

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English[edit]

Molecular structure of a paraben

Etymology[edit]

From para-hydroxybenzoate

Noun[edit]

paraben ‎(plural parabens)

  1. Any of a group of chemicals used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, wherein the hydrogen of a parahydroxybenzene molecule is replaced by an alkyl group
    • 2007 February 19, “Products for the Skin (1 Letter)”, in New York Times[1]:
      I got breast cancer this year, and now avoid products containing parabens.

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Verb[edit]

paraben

  1. third-person plural imperfect preterite indicative of parar