- a colorless, crystalline, bitter compound, C18H27NO3, present in capsicum.
Origin of capsaicin
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And contrary to the belief that eating spicy foods can cause stomach ulcers, capsaicin is reported to hold digestive benefits.Hot-Sauce Addicts
July 28, 2009
Its discoverer states that capsaicin occurs only in the pericarp of the fruit.
The chief constituents are a crystallizable resin, capsaicin, a volatile alkaloid, capsicine and a volatile oil.
- a colourless crystalline bitter alkaloid found in capsicums and used as a flavouring in vinegar and pickles. Formula: C 18 H 27 O 3 N
C19 capsicine, from capsicum + -ine ²; modern form refashioned from Latin capsa box, case + -in
Word Origin and History for capsaicin
from capsicum, from which it is extracted + chemical suffixes.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A colorless, pungent, crystalline compound that is derived from the capsicum pepper and is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes.
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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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