pip·​er·​ine | \ ˈpi-pə-ˌrēn \

Definition of piperine

: a white crystalline alkaloid C17H19NO3 that is the chief active constituent of pepper

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Researchers are exploring the power of piperine, a key ingredient in black pepper, as an anticancer agent (Current Medicinal Chemistry, online, May 23, 2017). Teresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, "Black pepper is rich in benefits," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of piperine

1820, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for piperine

probably from French pipérine, from Latin piper pepper

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The first known use of piperine was in 1820

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pip·​er·​ine | \ ˈpip-ə-ˌrēn \

Medical Definition of piperine

: a white crystalline alkaloid C17H19NO3 that is the chief active constituent of pepper

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