saccharin


sac·cha·rin

noun \ˈsa-k(ə-)rən\

: a very sweet, white substance that does not have any calories and that is used instead of sugar to sweeten food

Full Definition of SACCHARIN

:  a crystalline compound C7H5NO3S that is unrelated to the carbohydrates, is several hundred times sweeter than sucrose, and is used as a calorie-free sweetener

Examples of SACCHARIN

  1. soft drinks flavored with saccharin

Origin of SACCHARIN

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1885

sac·cha·rin

noun \ˈsak-(ə-)rən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SACCHARIN

: a crystalline cyclic imide C7H5NO3S that is unrelated to the carbohydrates, is several hundred times sweeter than sucrose, and is used as a calorie-free sweetener—called also benzosulfimide, gluside

saccharin

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Synthetic organic compound, CHNSO, that is 200–700 times as sweet as cane sugar. The sodium or calcium salt of saccharin is widely used as a diet sweetener. Though approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory bodies around the world, its safety is controversial because it appears to be a weak carcinogen. See also aspartame.

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