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benzoic acid

noun [U] uk   /benˌzəʊ.ɪkˈæs.ɪd/ us    /-ˌzoʊ-/ specialized
a clear substance found in various resins and berries, used in food preservatives, medical and cosmetic products, etc.Specific chemicals, chemical compounds and gasesSubstances and structures in the bodyTypes of chemical
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