an·​tho·​cy·​a·​nin | \ ˌan(t)-thə-ˈsī-ə-nən \

Definition of anthocyanin

: any of various soluble glycoside pigments producing blue to red coloring in flowers and plants

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Cabbage is packed with special flavonoids called anthocyanins, which give cabbage its red and purple color. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Fact: Cabbage Packs the Same Nutritional Benefits as Kale," 7 Jan. 2019 In most plants anthocyanins are typically not present during the growing season. Brian Resnick, Vox, "When and where fall foliage colors will peak, in one map," 13 Oct. 2018 Red wine is red because of anthocyanins, the red pigment in grapes. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Here is why you look like a vampire.," 18 Dec. 2018 Arthritis All berries contain anthocyanins that have been found to have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease the symptoms, says the Arthritis Foundation. Tehrene Firman, Good Housekeeping, "11 Things You Should Know About Açaí Berries, Nature's "Purple Gold"," 23 Nov. 2017 Blueberries: Contain phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which give the berries their blue color. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 Great in everything from burritos to soup, black beans are full of anthocyanins, compounds that have been shown to improve brain function. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "6 Healthiest Beans You Can Eat," 15 Aug. 2016 Blueberries have one of the highest levels of anthocyanins, with 120 milligrams per half-cup. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "From oatmeal to sardines, 7 foods that really can help hearts stay healthy," 7 May 2018 However, red apples have more anthocyanin, which may provide heart-healthy and cholesterol-lowering benefits. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why Apples Are One of the Best Fruits You Can Possibly Eat," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of anthocyanin

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthocyanin

borrowed from German Anthocyanin, from Anthocyan, Anthokyan, an earlier name (from Greek antho- antho- + kyan-, in kyánōs "blue color") + -in -in entry 1 — more at cyano-

Note: Anthokyan was coined by the German pharmacist Ludwig Clamor Marquart (1804-81), in Die Farben der Blüthen (Bonn, 1835), p. 55: Anthokyan (von ἄνθος Blume, und κυάνωσις blaue Farbe) ist der färbende Stoff in der blauen, violetten und rothen und vermittelt ebenfalls die Farbe aller braunen und vieler pomeranzfarbigen Blumen ("Anthokyan [from ánthos flower, and kyánōsis blue color] is the coloring matter in blue, violet and red flowers, and imparts in any case color to all brown and many orange flowers"). A German form with the suffix -in and an English form with the suffix -ine were in use by the 1850's.

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an·​tho·​cy·​a·​nin | \ ˌan(t)-thə-ˈsī-ə-nən \
variants: also anthocyan \ -​ˈsī-​ən, -​ˌan \

Medical Definition of anthocyanin

: any of various soluble glycoside pigments producing blue to red coloring in flowers and plants

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