coumarin

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noun cou·ma·rin \ˈkü-mə-rən\

Definition of coumarin

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of coumarin

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


First Known Use: 1830


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coumarin

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noun cou·ma·rin \ˈkü-mə-rən\

Medical Definition of coumarin

  1. :  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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