noun Chemistry.

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.

Nearby words

  1. saccharide,
  2. sacchariferous,
  3. saccharify,
  4. saccharimeter,
  5. saccharimetry,
  6. saccharine,
  7. saccharize,
  8. saccharo-,
  9. saccharofarinaceous,
  10. saccharoid

Origin of saccharin

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

Also called benzosulfimide, gluside.

Related formsnon·sac·cha·rin, adjective, noun

Can be confusedsaccharin saccharine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for saccharin



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

Word Origin for saccharin

C19: from saccharo- + -in

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Word Origin and History for saccharin



white crystalline compound used as a sugar substitute, 1885, from German, coined 1879 by Russian-born chemist Constantin Fahlberg (1850-1910), who discovered it by accident, from Latin saccharon (see saccharine). Marketed from 1887 as saccharine.

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Medicine definitions for saccharin




A white crystalline powder having a taste about 500 times sweeter than cane sugar, used as a calorie-free sweetener.benzosulfimide

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Science definitions for saccharin



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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