What’s in a name?


Asprin – we are all familiar with this drug but it’s chemical name has an interesting history.

It used to be called acetylsalicylic acid.

Acetyl comes from Acetum, the Latin for acetic acid (which we know as vinegar or ethanoic acid).

Salycilic is from salix, Latin for the willow tree. The bark of the willow tree used to be chewed to cure headaches as it was rich in salicylic acid.

And the modern name? 2-ethanolyloxybenzenecarboxylic acid!! Much easy to understand but far less interesting! 😀

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