cur·​cu·​min | \ ˈkər-kyə-mən How to pronounce curcumin (audio) \

Definition of curcumin

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Golden milk is a traditional Indian drink with milk, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric — and turmeric is rich in the component curcumin. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Tea, milk and other drinks to help you sleep (and some that will hurt)," 11 Aug. 2020 The most active ingredient in this yellow spice is a compound called curcumin. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "9 Most Effective Natural Remedies to Treat Seasonal Allergies, According to Experts," 24 Mar. 2020 Ground turmeric gives the soup an extra healing touch, and its active compound curcumin has been shown to reduce inflammation. oregonlive, "Stock your freezer with these 15 hearty soup recipes – just in case," 6 Mar. 2020 Turmeric Lattes - Turmeric gets its healthy powers from a compound called curcumin. Brierley Horton, al, "Health or Hype? Which alternative health trends are worth a try," 14 Jan. 2020 Turmeric, which is related to ginger, and its most active compound curcumin, is grown throughout India, other parts of Asia and Central America. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Anti-inflammatory diet: a food fight against disease," 27 Aug. 2019 Kramer and Hymanson marinate the rabbit loins with a mixture similar to the spices in the stew, swapping paprika for tomato as a rouge companion to the yellow curcumin in the turmeric-y hawaij. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The science behind a feast of flavor pairings at Kismet in Los Angeles," 12 July 2019 Its main active ingredient is curcumin, which is yellow and used to color foods and cosmetics. Korin Miller, SELF, "Turmeric Supplements May Have Caused This Woman's Liver Disease," 24 Sep. 2018 The latter is packed with antioxidants, like ashwagandha and curcumin, and boasts impressive clinical results. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of curcumin

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curcumin

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

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The first known use of curcumin was in 1850

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“Curcumin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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cur·​cu·​min | \ ˈkər-kyə-mən How to pronounce curcumin (audio) \

Medical Definition of curcumin

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

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