paraben

[ par-uh-bin ]
/ ˈpær ə bɪn /

noun Chemistry.

any of a group of compounds, including methylparaben, that are widely used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals for their antibacterial and antifungal properties and as food preservatives: suspected health risks connected to paraben usage and consumption have prompted consumer interest in paraben-free products.

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Origin of paraben

First recorded in 1950–55; para-1 + ben(zoic acid)
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British Dictionary definitions for paraben

paraben
/ (ˈpærəˌbɛn) /

noun

any ester of parahydroxybenzoic acid, some of which are used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals and have been found in breast cancer tumours
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