Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
- Aspirin is widely used as an analgesic (pain reliever) and an antipyretic (for reducing fever). It is also used to help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clot formation in people at risk of developing blood clots.
- Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is an aromatic compound containing both a carboxylic acid functional group and an ester functional group.
- Aspirin is a weak acid that is only slightly soluble in water.
- Aspirin can be prepared by reacting salicylic acid and acetic anhydride in the presence of an acid catalyst.