Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A crystalline para form of aminobenzoic acid that is part of the vitamin B complex, formerly used in sunscreens.

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  • n. a metabolic acid found in yeast and liver cells; used to make dyes and drugs and sun blockers

Etymologies

p(ara)-a(mino)b(enzoic) a(cid).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The Pine Avenue Business Association, known as PABA, broke into pieces last year when members who had purchased health insurance through the group found out their premiums had not been paid.

    Niagara Gazette Homepage

  • "Many people are nervous about the chemicals in sunscreens such as PABA and preservatives such as parabens.

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  • Again, PABA banned a specific and rare method chosen for the good of the woman and used almost solely in uncommon, often serious second-trimester abortions.

    Matthew Yglesias » Stark Contrast

  • She'd made sure that the children were slathered in PABA-free 70 before she looked after her own flesh.

    Chair and Umbrella, $25

  • Important note: if you have sensitive skin, avoid sunscreens with PABA, a common ingredient that can cause irritation; instead try a formulation with titanium dioxide (a non-irritating, non-chemical compound).

    Sunburn And Sun Safety

  • Wear lots of sunscreen, preferably one without parabens and PABA.

    Tess Ghilaga: The Lioness and the Mouse

  • Raw Adrenal Concentrate (bovineĀ†) 80 mg para-Aminobenzoic acid (PABA) 25 mg

    Food trends from Expo West | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Now pampered pets can enjoy the spray-on formula's luxurious jojoba, eucalyptus and tea-tree oils and the same PABA-free ingredients found in human sunscreens.

    Dog Tan Ban

  • The friendly yeast are normally kept in check by the bacteria in your digestive system producing lactic acid and other chemicals some of which are vitamins your body needs, Thiamin, Vitamin K, PABA, Biotin, Choline, Inositol, and the bacteria even eat the yeast.

    My Cider Vinegar Experiment: The Remarkable Final Report

  • There was some speculation that a chemical with a similar structure to PABA might be a carcinogen.

    Kevin Trudeau | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

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