capsicum

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noun cap·si·cum \ˈkap-si-kəm\

Definition of capsicum

  1. 1a :  any of a genus (Capsicum) of tropical American herbs and shrubs of the nightshade family widely cultivated for their many-seeded usually fleshy-walled berries —called also pepperb :  pepper 3b

  2. 2 :  an oleoresin derived from the fruit of some capsicums that contains capsaicin and related compounds and is used medicinally especially as a topical pain reliever

Origin and Etymology of capsicum

New Latin, perhaps from Latin capsa


First Known Use: 1588


Medical Dictionary

capsicum

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noun cap·si·cum \ˈkap-si-kəm\

Medical Definition of capsicum

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of tropical herbs and shrubs of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) widely cultivated for their many-seeded usually fleshy-walled berries

  2. 2:  any plant of the genus Capsicum—called also pepper

  3. 3:  the dried ripe fruit of some capsicums (as C. frutescens) used as a gastric and intestinal stimulant


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