Anic acid

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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4-methoxybenzoic acid; CAS No:100-09-4; p-anisic acid (INCI)

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Anise acid is a methoxylated benzoic acid (4-methoxybenzoic acid), an organic acid that occurs naturally in small amounts in the anise plant, vanilla and fennel.
In many cases the substance is used under the INCI designation "p-anisic acid" in the perfume and cosmetics industry as a fragrance corrigent to influence the odour profile of a product.
Anise acid has a bacteriostatic effect and was formerly used as antiseptic, anti-rheumatic and preservative.

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