a colorless, water-soluble liquid, C8H8O3, produced synthetically or by maceration and subsequent distillation from birch or gaultheria: used chiefly in perfumery and flavoring, and in medicine as a counterirritant in external preparations.
Origin of methyl salicylate
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called sweet birch oil, wintergreen oil.
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