Salicylal Sal"i*cyl`al, n. [Salicylic + aldehide.] (Chem.) A thin, fragrant, colorless oil, {HO.C6H4.CHO}, found in the flowers of meadow sweet ({Spir[ae]a}), and also obtained by oxidation of salicin, saligenin, etc. It reddens on exposure. Called also {salicylol}, {salicylic aldehyde}, and formerly {salicylous acid} or {spiroylous acid}. [1913 Webster]

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  • salicylaldehyde — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷+ noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary salicyl + aldehyde : an oily liquid phenolic aldehyde HOC6H4CHO that has a bitter almond odor, that is found especially in oils from spirea plants but that is usually made by… …   Useful english dictionary

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