noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.
a white, crystalline or granular, water-soluble powder, C7H5NaO2, used chiefly as a food preservative and antifungal agent, and in diagnostic tests of liver function.
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Also called benzoate of soda.
Origin of sodium benzoate
First recorded in 1895–1900
Words nearby sodium benzoate
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British Dictionary definitions for sodium benzoate
a white crystalline soluble compound used as an antibacterial and antifungal agent in preserving food (E211), as an antiseptic, and in making dyes and pharmaceuticals. Formula: (C 6 H 5 COO)NaAlso called: benzoate of soda
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Medical definitions for sodium benzoate
The sodium salt of benzoic acid, used as a food preservative, an antiseptic, and in the production of pharmaceuticals.
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