capsaicin

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noun cap·sa·i·cin \kap-ˈsā-ə-sən\

Definition of capsaicin

  1. :  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 and Etymology of capsaicin

irregular from New Latin Capsicum


First Known Use: circa 1890

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capsaicin

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noun cap·sa·icin \kap-ˈsā-ə-sən\

Medical Definition of capsaicin

  1. :  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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