Record Information
Creation date2010-04-08 22:08:21 UTC
Update date2020-04-21 18:02:13 UTC
Primary IDFDB008969
Secondary Accession NumbersNot Available
Chemical Information
FooDB NameAnisic acid
DescriptionP-anisic acid, also known as 4-methoxybenzoic acid or anisate, belongs to P-methoxybenzoic acids and derivatives class of compounds. Those are benzoic acids in which the hydrogen atom at position 4 of the benzene ring is replaced by a methoxy group. P-anisic acid is slightly soluble (in water) and a weakly acidic compound (based on its pKa). P-anisic acid can be synthesized from benzoic acid. P-anisic acid can also be synthesized into methyl p-anisate. P-anisic acid is a faint, sweet, and cadaverous tasting compound found in anise, cocoa bean, fennel, and german camomile, which makes P-anisic acid a potential biomarker for the consumption of these food products. P-anisic acid can be found primarily in feces. P-anisic acid exists in all eukaryotes, ranging from yeast to humans.
CAS Number1335-08-6
4-Anisic acidChEBI
Anisic acidChEBI
Draconic acidChEBI
p-Methoxybenzoic acidChEBI
4-Methoxybenzoic acidKegg
4-Anisic acid, copper (+2) saltHMDB
4-Anisic acid, 14C-carboxyHMDB
4-Anisic acid, potassium saltHMDB
4-Anisic acid, sodium saltHMDB
Para-anisic acidHMDB
p-Anisic acidChEBI
Predicted PropertiesNot Available
Chemical FormulaC8H8O3
IUPAC name
InChI IdentifierInChI=1S/C8H8O3/c1-11-7-4-2-6(3-5-7)8(9)10/h2-5H,1H3,(H,9,10)
Isomeric SMILESCOC1=CC=C(C=C1)C(O)=O
Average Molecular Weight152.1473
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight152.047344122
Description Belongs to the class of organic compounds known as p-methoxybenzoic acids and derivatives. These are benzoic acids in which the hydrogen atom at position 4 of the benzene ring is replaced by a methoxy group.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassBenzenoids
ClassBenzene and substituted derivatives
Sub ClassBenzoic acids and derivatives
Direct ParentP-methoxybenzoic acids and derivatives
Alternative Parents
  • P-methoxybenzoic acid or derivatives
  • Benzoic acid
  • Anisole
  • Phenoxy compound
  • Benzoyl
  • Phenol ether
  • Methoxybenzene
  • Alkyl aryl ether
  • Monocarboxylic acid or derivatives
  • Ether
  • Carboxylic acid
  • Carboxylic acid derivative
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organic oxide
  • Aromatic homomonocyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAromatic homomonocyclic compounds
External Descriptors
OntologyNo ontology term
Physico-Chemical Properties - Experimental
Physico-Chemical Properties - Experimental
Physical stateNot Available
Physical DescriptionNot Available
Mass CompositionNot Available
Melting Point185 oC
Boiling PointNot Available
Experimental Water Solubility90 mg/mL at 140 oCSEIDELL,A (1941)
Experimental logP1.96HANSCH,C ET AL. (1995)
Experimental pKaNot Available
Isoelectric pointNot Available
ChargeNot Available
Optical RotationNot Available
Spectroscopic UV DataNot Available
DensityNot Available
Refractive IndexNot Available
EI-MS/GC-MSNot Available
MS/MSNot Available
NMRNot Available
ChemSpider IDNot Available
ChEMBL IDNot Available
KEGG Compound IDNot Available
Pubchem Compound IDNot Available
Pubchem Substance IDNot Available
ChEBI IDNot Available
Phenol-Explorer IDNot Available
DrugBank IDNot Available
HMDB IDNot Available
CRC / DFC (Dictionary of Food Compounds) IDNot Available
BIGG IDNot Available
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
HET IDNot Available
Food Biomarker OntologyNot Available
VMH IDNot Available
Flavornet IDNot Available
GoodScent IDNot Available
SuperScent IDNot Available
Wikipedia IDNot Available
Phenol-Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
Duplicate IDSNot Available
Old DFC IDSNot Available
Associated Foods
FoodContent Range AverageReference
Biological Effects and Interactions
Health Effects / Bioactivities
anti bacterial33282 A substance that kills or slows the growth of bacteria.DUKE
anti rheumatic52217 Any substance introduced into a living organism with therapeutic or diagnostic purpose.DUKE
anti salmonella33282 A substance that kills or slows the growth of bacteria.DUKE
anti septic33281 A substance that kills or slows the growth of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoans.DUKE
pesticide25944 Strictly, a substance intended to kill pests. In common usage, any substance used for controlling, preventing, or destroying animal, microbiological or plant pests.DUKE
tyrosinase inhibitor59997 Any EC 1.14.18.* (oxidoreductase acting on paired donors, miscellaneous compound as one donor, incorporating 1 atom of oxygen) inhibitor that interferes with the action of tyrosinase (monophenol monooxygenase), EC, an enzyme that catalyses the oxidation of phenols (such as tyrosine) and is widespread in plants and animals.DUKE
EnzymesNot Available
PathwaysNot Available
MetabolismNot Available
BiosynthesisNot Available
Organoleptic Properties
FlavoursNot Available
MSDSNot Available
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
General ReferenceNot Available
Content Reference— Duke, James. 'Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. United States Department of Agriculture.' Agricultural Research Service, Accessed April 27 (2004).