sodium benzoate

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.

Origin of sodium benzoate

First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called benzoate of soda. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for benzoate of soda

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 benzoate of soda

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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