capsaicin


cap·sa·i·cin

noun \kap-ˈsā-ə-sən\

Definition of CAPSAICIN

:  a colorless irritant phenolic amide C18H27NO3 found in various capsicums that gives hot peppers their hotness and that is used in topical creams for its analgesic properties

Origin of CAPSAICIN

irregular from New Latin Capsicum
First Known Use: circa 1890

Other Biochemistry Terms

bile, biodegradable, keratin, metabolism

cap·sa·icin

noun \kap-ˈsā-ə-sən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CAPSAICIN

: a colorless irritant phenolic amide C18H27NO3 found in various capsicums that gives hot peppers their hotness and that is used in topical creams for its analgesic properties—see zostrix

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