curcumin

noun

cur·​cu·​min ˈkər-kyə-mən How to pronounce curcumin (audio)
: an orange-yellow crystalline compound C21H20O6 that constitutes the chief coloring principle of turmeric

Examples of curcumin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some evidence suggests that curcumin might alleviate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Kathleen Felton, Health, 9 June 2024 Taking antidepressants or antibiotics with curcumin, for example, could raise the risk of adverse side effects. Novella Lui, Health, 3 May 2024 Taking berberine and curcumin together might help reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), new research suggests. Novella Lui, Health, 3 May 2024 The ancient texts of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, praised the ingredient—an excellent source of curcumin—for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial merits. Romy Gill, Saveur, 24 Apr. 2024 Since turmeric is only 3 percent curcumin, some people take curcumin supplements. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 1 Jan. 2024 And the curcumin within turmeric may also have cancer-fighting properties, though again, such research is ongoing. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2023 One group took 250 milligrams (mg) of curcumin four times daily. Kristen Fischer, Health, 24 Sep. 2023 The only problem is curcumin is very hard for the body to absorb without a bioavailability enhancer like black pepper extract or blue galangal extract being present, neither of which are included here. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curcumin was in 1850

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“Curcumin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curcumin. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

curcumin

noun
cur·​cu·​min ˈkər-kyə-mən How to pronounce curcumin (audio)
: an orange-yellow crystalline compound C21H20O6 that constitutes the chief coloring principle of turmeric
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