Chemistry, Pharmacology.

butylated hydroxyanisole: the synthetic antioxidant C11H16O2, used to retard rancidity in foods, pharmaceuticals, and other products containing fat or oil.

Origin of BHA

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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A white, waxy phenolic antioxidant used to preserve fats and oils, especially in foods.
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