methylparaben

[ meth-uhl-par-uh-ben ]
/ ˌmɛθ əlˈpær əˌbɛn /

noun Chemistry.

a common paraben, C8H8O3, widely used in cosmetics and food: methylparabens may be synthetic or occur naturally, especially as insect pheromones, including those produced by queen honeybees.

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Origin of methylparaben

First recorded in 1940–45; methyl- + para-1 + ben(zoic acid)
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