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 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 Whittel also recommends taking glow-boosting polyphenol supplements (such as berberine and curcumin). Gretchen Röehrs, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Reverse-Aging Diet (Yes, You Can Have Carbs)," 9 Mar. 2018 Like curcumin, many supplements can interfere with other medications and even lab tests. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Supplements are a $30 billion racket—here’s what experts actually recommend," 20 Feb. 2018 These brothers made their own drink line, ZYN, that incorporates the bioactive component of the spice, curcumin. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: The Trump gender gap in Wisconsin, Milwaukee St. Patrick's Day and Bumble bans guns," 14 Mar. 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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19 Jan 2020

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“Curcumin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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Medical Definition of curcumin

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

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