esculin

or aes·cu·lin

[ es-kyuh-lin ]
/ ˈɛs kyə lɪn /

noun Chemistry.

a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble glucoside, C15H16O9, obtained from the bark of the common horse chestnut and used chiefly in skin preparations as a protective against sunburn.

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Origin of esculin

<Italian esculina<New Latin Aescul(us) (first part of genus name of species that produces it) + Italian -ina-in2
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  • Esculin will not luminesce with peroxidase and H2O2, but pyrogallol or gallic acid will.