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[sal-awl, -ol]
noun Pharmacology.
  1. a white, crystalline, aromatic powder, C13H10O3, produced by the interaction of salicylic acid and phenol, used as a preservative, a light absorber in suntan preparations, and in medicine chiefly as an antipyretic and as an antiseptic.
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Origin of salol

First recorded in 1885–90; formerly a trademark
Also called phenyl salicylate.
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Examples from the Web for salol

Historical Examples

  • The resulting cavity may be injected daily with a weak carbolic-acid lotion, or salol may be introduced.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Some cases of amibian dysentery are being treated with calomel, salol, and emetine.

British Dictionary definitions for salol


  1. a white sparingly soluble crystalline compound with a slight aromatic odour, used as a preservative and to absorb light in sun-tan lotions, plastics, etc; phenyl salicylate. Formula: C 6 H 4 (OH)COOC 6 H 5
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Word Origin

C19: from salicyl (see salicylic acid) + -ol
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salol in Medicine


(sălôl′, -ōl′)
  1. A white crystalline powder derived from salicylic acid and used as an analgesic and antipyretic.
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