coumarin

noun cou·ma·rin \ ˈkü-mə-rən \

Definition of coumarin

:a toxic white crystalline lactone C9H6O2 with an odor of new-mown hay found in plants or made synthetically and used especially in perfumery and as a parent compound in anticoagulant agents; also :a derivative of this compound

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Origin and Etymology of coumarin

French coumarine, from coumarou tonka bean tree, from Spanish or Portuguese; Spanish cumarú, from Portuguese, from Tupi *kumarú, *kumbarú


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coumarin

noun cou·ma·rin \ ˈkü-mə-rən \

medical Definition of coumarin

:a toxic white crystalline lactone C9H6O2 with an odor of new-mown hay found in plants or made synthetically and used especially in perfumery and as the parent compound in various anticoagulant agents (as warfarin); also :a derivative of this compound

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