[ sak-er-in ]
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  1. a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble powder, C7H5NO3S, produced synthetically, which in dilute solution is 500 times as sweet as sugar: its soluble sodium salt is used as a noncaloric sugar substitute in the manufacture of syrups, foods, and beverages.

Origin of saccharin

First recorded in 1875–80; sacchar- + -in2

Other words from saccharin

  • non·sac·cha·rin, adjective, noun

Words that may be confused with saccharin

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British Dictionary definitions for saccharin


/ (ˈsækərɪn) /

  1. a very sweet white crystalline slightly soluble powder used as a nonfattening sweetener. Formula: C 7 H 5 NO 3 S

Origin of saccharin

C19: from saccharo- + -in

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Scientific definitions for saccharin


[ săkər-ĭn ]

  1. A white, crystalline powder used as a calorie-free sweetener. It tastes about 500 times sweeter than sugar. Saccharin is made from a compound of toluene, which is derived from petroleum. Chemical formula: C7H5NO3S.

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