saponin


sa·po·nin

noun \ˈsa-pə-nən, sə-ˈpō-\

Definition of SAPONIN

:  any of various mostly toxic glucosides that occur in plants (as soapwort or soapbark) and are characterized by the property of producing a soapy lather; especially :  a hygroscopic amorphous saponin mixture used especially as a foaming and emulsifying agent and detergent

Origin of SAPONIN

French saponine, from Latin sapon-, sapo
First Known Use: 1831

sa·po·nin

noun \ˈsap-ə-nən, sə-ˈpō-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAPONIN

: any of various mostly toxic glucosides that occur in plants (as soapbark) and are characterized by the property of producing a soapy lather; especially : a hygroscopic amorphous saponin mixture used especially as a foaming and emulsifying agent and detergent

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