Pronunciation: (vu-nil'in, van'l-), [key]
a white, crystalline, water-soluble, alcohol-soluble solid, C8H8O3, obtained by extraction from the vanilla bean or prepared synthetically: used chiefly as a flavoring agent and in perfumery. Also,va•nil•linePronunciation: (vu-nil'in, -ēn, van'l-in, -ēn"). [key]Also called vanil'lic al'dehyde.
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