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
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Pickles sit atop the toothpick to help manage the capsaicin.
That's because the compound capsaicin, a compound found in jalapeno and cayenne peppers, may (slightly) increase your body's release of stress hormones such as adrenaline, which can speed up your metabolism and your ability to burn calories.
However, capsaicin, the hot stuff in chilies, is almost destroyed during pressure cooking.
But here’s the strange part: VR1 receptors weren’t designed to detect capsaicin.
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Origin and Etymology of capsaicin
irregular from New Latin Capsicum
First Known Use: 1876See Words from the same year
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