pip·​er·​ine ˈpi-pə-ˌrēn How to pronounce piperine (audio)
: a white crystalline alkaloid C17H19NO3 that is the chief active constituent of pepper

Examples of piperine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The one common attribute of black pepper and chili pepper concerns their bioactive alkaloids, piperine in the case of black pepper and capsaicin — a constituent of chili powder and cayenne pepper — in the case of chili peppers. Joshua Siskin, Orange County Register, 20 Apr. 2024 Capsimax powder is a mixture of capsicum, caffeine, piperine, and niacin. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Other research says piperine can help your digestive tract absorb nutrients better. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2023 Black pepper extract, specifically its active component piperine, increases the bioavailability of supplements by inhibiting the activity of certain enzymes in the liver and gut that break down and eliminate particular nutrients. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2023 Try this variety from Nature Made, which includes piperine, here. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2023 Studies show the addition of black pepper, which contains piperine, can greatly increase curcumin absorption. Tamar Kane, Ms, Rd, Health, 17 July 2023 Ingredients such as celery seed, L-glutamine, and black pepper piperine. Lily Wohlner, Women's Health, 11 July 2023 An older lab study also linked piperine to lowered fat cell formation. Women's Health, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History


probably from French pipérine, from Latin piper pepper

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piperine was in 1820

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“Piperine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piperine. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


pip·​er·​ine ˈpip-ə-ˌrēn How to pronounce piperine (audio)
: a white crystalline alkaloid C17H19NO3 that is the chief active constituent of pepper

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