an alkaloid, CHNO, with a burning taste, extracted from capsicum
Origin of capsaicinaltered from capsicine, another substance, formerly thought to be the source of the sharp taste of capsicum (noun): see -ine
A pungent alkaloid, C18H27NO3, derived from certain capsicums that is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes and is used in some topical pain relievers and in pepper sprays.
Origin of capsaicinAlteration ( perhaps influenced by Latin capsa box ) of earlier capsicin capsic(um) -in
- (organic chemistry) A chemical compound found in chilli peppers, which is responsible for their pungent flavor.