COO,CII3 The principal constituent of oil of wintergreen. A colourless liquid of sp. gr. 1 185 and boilingpoint 7222 degrees C., soluble in alcohol and ether. Chemically, it is the methyl ester of salicylic acid. The artificial oil of wintergreen is prepared by heating a mixture of methyl alcohol and salicylic acid in presence of sulphuric acid. It is used in medicine, and for flavouring purposes.
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