Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Derived from salicin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, derived from, or designating, an acid formerly obtained by fusing salicin with potassium hydroxide, and now made in large quantities from phenol (carbolic acid) by the action of carbon dioxide on heated sodium phenolate. It is a white crystalline substance. It is used as an antiseptic, and in its salts in the treatment of rheumatism. Called also hydroxybenzoic acid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Derived from the willow: applied to a number of benzene derivatives which may be derived from the glucoside salicin found in the bark and leaves of willows.

Etymologies

From salicyl, from Latin salix ("willow tree"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Long a remedy for flu, fever, and arthritis, meadowsweet contains an aspirin-type compound called salicylic acid.

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  • Humans form their own version of aspirin's active principle, known as salicylic acid, when the drug breaks down in the body.

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  • The active ingredient was later identified as salicylic acid, and, more than a century later, scientists synthesised acetylsalicylic acid, sold under the trade name Aspirin.

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  • What's more, active ingredients such as salicylic acid, which exfoliates dead skin cells, as well as peptides -- tiny proteins that stimulate collagen to help reduce the signs of aging -- are most effective when they're not being diluted by perspiration or fending off daytime environmental stressors like pollution and sunlight.

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  • One reason for their popularity is because traditional OTC acne treatment uses harsh chemicals such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide that can cause side effects such as skin redness and itching.

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  • Some over-the-counter wart products have salicylic acid in them that could be dangerous if you are a diabetic or have circulatory problems.

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  • In its defence, Goat Willow provides an early source of nectar for the bees; it also provides "witch's aspirin", since its bark apparently contains salicylic acid (from salix), the source of "real" aspirin.

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  • And with our busy fall schedules -- Fashion Weeks, Art Basel, uh, Mad Men -- we simply don't have the time to do the bar crawls or those terrible blind dates (guys, salicylic acid goes a long way).

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  • Aspirin is a synthetic version of the active component of willow bark, salicylic acid, which has been used as a medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties for hundreds of years.

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  • Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal L'Oréal Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub L'Oréal Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub Great for oily, acne-prone skin, this gentle salicylic acid-infused scrub comes with its own soft, flexible "scrublet" disc that helps evenly exfoliate the natural contours of the face, as well as hard-to-tackle areas like the corners of the nose. $7, lorealparisusa.com

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