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adjective Chemistry.
  1. of or derived from salicylic acid.
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Origin of salicylic

1830–40; < French salicyl the diatomic radical of salicylic acid (< Latin salic-, stem of salix willow + French -yl -yl; it was orig. derived from salicin) + -ic
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Historical Examples of salicylic

  • The two drugs of most value are some form of salicylic acid and an alkali.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)


  • If salicylic acid is present the mixture will be purple or violet.

  • If salicylic acid is present, there will be a purple coloration.

  • Her talk these days was of formaldehyde, benzoate of soda, and salicylic acid.

    Miss Billy Married

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • Salicylic acid possesses the characters both of an acid and a phenol.


    Raphael Meldola