Definition of benzoic acid in English:

benzoic acid


mass nounChemistry
  • A white crystalline substance present in benzoin and other plant resins, used as a food preservative.

    Chemical formula: C₆H₅COOH

    • ‘Compounds that protect against sun damage include such things as titanium dioxide, para amino benzoic acid, and benzyl cinnamate.’
    • ‘In a second method, toluene is mixed with nitric acid and oxidized to produce benzoic acid.’
    • ‘The most commonly found preservatives in the food samples were benzoic acid and sorbic acid.’
    • ‘Benzoyl peroxide rapidly decomposes into benzoic acid and hydrogen peroxide and is also safe.’
    • ‘In addition, probiotics exert protective effects through production of hydrogen peroxide and benzoic acid, which inhibit many pathogenic, acid sensitive bacteria.’


Late 18th century from benzoin + -ic.


benzoic acid