Spiraeic
Spiraeic Spi*r[ae]"ic, a. (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the meadowsweet ({Spir[ae]a}); formerly, designating an acid which is now called salicylic acid. [1913 Webster]

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  • spiraeic acid — noun A natural acid, found in the plant genus Spiraea (spirea) Acetyl and spiraeic acid are the eponymous main ingredients of aspirin …   Wiktionary

  • Spiraea — Spiraeic Spi*r[ae] ic, a. (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, the meadowsweet ({Spir[ae]a}); formerly, designating an acid which is now called salicylic acid. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aspirin — [19] The word aspirin was coined in German towards the end of the 19th century. It is a condensed version of the term acetylierte spirsäure ‘acetylated spiraeic acid’. Spiraeic acid is a former term for ‘salicylic acid’, from which aspirin is… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • aspirin — [19] The word aspirin was coined in German towards the end of the 19th century. It is a condensed version of the term acetylierte spirsäure ‘acetylated spiraeic acid’. Spiraeic acid is a former term for ‘salicylic acid’, from which aspirin is… …   Word origins

  • aspirin — noun (plural aspirin or aspirins) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from acetyl + spiraeic acid (former name of salicylic acid), from New Latin Spiraea, genus of shrubs more at spirea Date: 1899 1. a white crystalline derivative C …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aspirin — n. (pl. same or aspirins) 1 a white powder, acetylsalicylic acid, used to relieve pain and reduce fever. 2 a tablet of this. Etymology: G, formed as ACETYL + spiraeic (= salicylic) acid + IN …   Useful english dictionary

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