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General information-

IUPAC name- 2-acetoxybenzoic acid
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Molar mass- 180.157 g/mol
Formula name- C9H8O4
Melting point- 136* C
Boiling point- 140* C
Density- 1.40 g/cm3


In 1763, Edward Stone isolated the active ingredient of aspirin in his discovery of salicylic acid. In 1853 a french chemist named, Charles Frederic Gerhardt, was the first person to prepare acetysalicylic acid. He eventually mixed it with acetyl chloride with a sodium salt, and a vigorous reaction. Later many people experimented with it and got the same results, pure acetylsalicylic acid. In 1897 chemists at Bayer made a synthetic version of the real pure acetylsalicylic acid that was less harsh on your stomach. It was now named aspirin.

Where is it found?-

It is found without a prescription on store shelves.


It is used to treat many things including acute pain, fevers, rheumatic fever and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Aspirin has also been shown to greatly reduce the risk of a heart attack or the risk of stroke in some cases.


Inserting a Chime file

For Windows:

  1. Install the MDL Chime plug-in
  2. Download a Chime file (.pdb)
  3. Upload your file
  4. Add Widget, Other HTML
  5. Paste in the following code: (be sure to change the "yourfilename.pdb" part to your actual file name)

<embed src="" align="baseline" border="2" width="160" height="160" display3d="ball&amp;stick" options3d="specular" startspin="true" spiny="180" spinz="180" color3d="cpk" />

For Mac:

  1. Upload your .pdb or .mol file and add to your page as an attachment.
  2. Direct users to save the file and open with iMol.