Capsaicin meaning

kăp-sāĭ-sĭn
(organic chemistry) A chemical compound found in chilli peppers, which is responsible for their pungent flavor.
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A colorless, pungent, crystalline compound, C18 H27 NO3 , that is derived from certain capsicums and is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes.
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An alkaloid, C18H27NO3, with a burning taste, extracted from capsicum.
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A pungent alkaloid, C18 H27 NO3 , 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.
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A colorless, extremely pungent, crystalline compound that is the primary active principle producing the heat of red peppers. It is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes and is used in medicine as a topical analgesic. Capsaicin is highly stable, retaining its potency for long periods and despite cooking or freezing. Chemical formula: C18H27NO3.
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Origin of capsaicin

  • Alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin capsa box) of earlier capsicin capsic(um) –in

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition