4-Methoxybenzoic acid

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4-Methoxybenzoic acid
4-Methoxybenzoic acid
Chemical name 4-Methoxybenzoic acid
Other names p-Anisic acid
Chemical formula C8H8O3
Molecular mass 152.15 g/mol
CAS number [100-09-4]
Density 1.385 g/cm³
Melting point 181-186 °C
Boiling point 275 °C
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4-Methoxybenzoic acid, or anisic acid, is an organic compound which is a carboxylic acid found naturally in anise. It is a white crystalline solid which is soluble in water, alcohols, ether, and ethyl acetate.

4-Methoxybenzoic acid is known to have antiseptic properties. It is also used as an intermediate in the preparation of more complex organic compounds.

It is generally obtained by the oxidation of anethole.

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