curcumin

noun cur·cu·min \ ˈkər-kyə-mən \
Updated on: 17 Feb 2018

Definition of curcumin

: an orange-yellow crystalline compound C21H20O6 that constitutes the chief coloring principle of turmeric

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Origin and Etymology of curcumin

French curcumine, from curcum- (from New Latin Curcuma, the turmeric plant, from Arabic kurkum) + -ine 1-in


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curcumin

noun cur·cu·min \ ˈkər-kyə-mən \

medical Definition of curcumin

: an orange-yellow crystalline compound C21H20O6 that constitutes the chief coloring principle of turmeric

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