pip·​er·​ine | \ ˈpi-pə-ˌrēn How to pronounce piperine (audio) \

Definition of piperine

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

Examples of piperine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In van Leeuwenhoek’s peppercorn, the heat of compounds called piperines discourages insects from eating the plant. Rob Dunn, National Geographic, "Microscopic images reveal how herbs get their flavor," 1 Aug. 2019 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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“Piperine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piperine. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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pip·​er·​ine | \ ˈpip-ə-ˌrēn How to pronounce piperine (audio) \

Medical Definition of piperine

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

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