sodium benzoate

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sodium benzoate

or

benzoate of soda,

chemical compound, C6H5CO2Na, colorless or white crystalline, aromatic compound; the sodium salt of benzoic acidbenzoic acid
, C6H5CO2H, crystalline solid organic acid that melts at 122°C; and boils at 249°C;. It is the simplest aromatic carboxylic acid (see aryl group and carboxyl group).
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. It is soluble in water and is used as a preservative in foods and beverages; because it is poisonous, the concentration is limited by law to 0.1%.

sodium benzoate

[′sōd·ē·əm ′ben·zə‚wāt]
(organic chemistry)
NaC7H5O2 Water- and alcohol-soluble, white, amorphous crystals with a sweetish taste; used as a food preservative and an antiseptic and in tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and medicine.