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benzoyl peroxide


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

  • n. A flammable white granular solid, (C6H5CO)2O2, used as a bleaching agent for flour, fats, waxes, and oils, as a polymerization catalyst, and in pharmaceuticals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A peroxide derived from benzoic acid; it is used to bleach flour, and in many industrial applications

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a white crystalline peroxide used in bleaching (flour or oils or fats) and as a catalyst for free radical reactions


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