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curcumin

[kur-kyoo-min]
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noun
  1. the compound C21H20O6, a major active ingredient in turmeric and thought to have antioxidant and anticancer properties.
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Origin of curcumin

1850–60; < curcum(a) + New Latin -ina -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for curcumin

curcumin

noun
  1. a yellow pigment, derived from the rhizome of Curcuma longa, and the main active ingrediant of turmeric. It is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties
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Word Origin

C20: from curcuma
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Word Origin and History for curcumin

n.

coloring matter, 1850, from Curcuma, genus name for plants of the ginger family, from which the chemical was drawn, Medieval Latin, from Arabic kurkum "saffron, tumeric." Cf. crocus.

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