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Re: What is SALOL? All I know is you can get it at a Drugstore.

Date: Fri Feb 16 11:18:30 2001
Posted By: Mike Crawford, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 981572592.Me

Hi Colin,

Had trouble finding anything on the net, so I had to resort to actually looking in a book
According to the Merck Index (sort of the chemical Encyclopedia)  SALOL is a 
common name for 'phenyl salicylate', which is somewhat close to aspirin (salicylic acid acetate) in structure.
It has been used as an analgesic (pain-reducer) and anti-inflammatory agent.
It also is apparently used in the manufacture of a variety of things, including plastids, waxes, suntan oil and lotion.

Hope this helps

Michael Crawford

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