Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch


  • Jan W. Gooch
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_1034

\ból-sәm\ n [L balsamum, fr. Gk balsamon, prob. of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew bāshām balsam] (before 12c) Oleoresinous exudations from plants which are characterized by softness or a semi liquid consistency. They consist of mixtures of resin, essential oils, and other compounds. Typical balsams are Canada, gurjun, Peru, tolu, and storax balsams. (Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary, 11th edn (2004). Merriam-Webster, Inc., Springfield, Massachusetts). See  Oleoresin.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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