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Methyl paraben

Chemical Formula:

Methyl paraben


Methyl 4-Hydroxybenzoate


Colorless crystals or white powder.

Parabens are phytoestrogens found in plants such as blueberries.


Parabens are used as preservatives in food, cosmetics, sunscreens, shampoos, and many other products.

Parabens kill molds and fungi, and are used synergistically with bactericides to make broad spectrum antimicrobials.

Related compounds

Ethyl paraben

Propyl paraben

Butyl paraben

methyl paraben: InChI=1/C8H8O3/c1-11-8(10)6-2-4-7(9)5-3-6/h2-5,9H,1H3

ethyl paraben: InChI=1/C9H10O3/c1-2-12-9(11)7-3-5-8(10)6-4-7/h3-6,10H,2H2,1H3

propyl paraben: InChI=1/C10H12O3/c1-2-7-13-10(12)8-3-5-9(11)6-4-8/h3-6,11H,2,7H2,1H3

butyl paraben: InChI=1/C11H14O3/c1-2-3-8-14-11(13)9-4-6-10(12)7-5-9/h4-7,12H,2-3,8H2,1H3

heptyl paraben: InChI=1/C14H20O3/c1-2-3-4-5-6-11-17-14(16)12-7-9-13(15)10-8-12/h7-10,15H,2-6,11H2,1H3

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