capsicum

noun cap·si·cum \ ˈkap-si-kəm \

Definition of capsicum

1 a :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 pepper
b :pepper 3b
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

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Origin and Etymology of capsicum

New Latin, perhaps from Latin capsa



Medical Dictionary

capsicum

noun cap·si·cum \ ˈkap-si-kəm \

medical Definition of capsicum

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 :any plant of the genus Capsicum called also pepper
3 :the dried ripe fruit of some capsicums (as C. frutescens) used as a gastric and intestinal stimulant

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