salicylic acid

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Ball-and-stick model of salicylic acid. (Black balls represent carbon atoms, red balls represent oxygen atoms, and white balls represent hydrogen atoms. The hexagonal dotted line means that double bonds and single bonds along the benzene ring can trade places, kind of like a standing wave. The COOH projection on the top right is a carboxyl group and the the OH projection on the top is a hydroxyl group.)

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From Translingual Salix (the willow), from whose bark it can be obtained.


salicylic acid (uncountable)

  1. (organic chemistry) A white crystalline organic acid, 2-hydroxybenzoic acid, C6H4(OH)(COOH), used in the production of aspirin and other industrial chemicals.