saccharin

noun
sac·cha·rin | \ ˈsa-k(ə-)rən \

Definition of saccharin 

: a crystalline compound C7H5NO3S that is unrelated to the carbohydrates, is several hundred times sweeter than sucrose, and is used as a calorie-free sweetener

Examples of saccharin in a Sentence

soft drinks flavored with saccharin

Recent Examples on the Web

Also called nonnutritive sweeteners, these can be synthetic, such as saccharin and aspartame, or naturally derived, such as stevia. Eunice Zhang, Washington Post, "Diet drinks may seem like a good idea, but their effects may surprise you," 3 June 2018 Sweeteners such as saccharin have been shown to change the type and function of the gut microbiome, the community of microorganisms that live in the intestine. Eunice Zhang, Washington Post, "Diet drinks may seem like a good idea, but their effects may surprise you," 3 June 2018 Beneath their saccharin, saucy glaze, the pork ribs were dense and dry, almost chalky ($23.99 for a full rack with two sides). Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: The County Line," 18 May 2018 Sucralose, acesulfame potassium and saccharin have all been shown to increase cancer risk in animal studies as well. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Cutting back on sugar? A guide to sweetener choices," 8 May 2018 And even the most organic of eaters can sometimes reach for conventional breath mints in the name of fast freshness—ending up with a mouthful of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and saccharin. Kris Rile, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Breath Mints That Aren't Packed With Chemicals," 12 July 2017 One animal study showed that artificial sweeteners saccharin, sucralose and aspartame appeared to spike blood sugar more than regular sugar. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Cutting back on sugar? A guide to sweetener choices," 8 May 2018 Queeny’s coal-tar drug company, Monsanto, was also flush from lucrative contracts with Coca-Cola, who bought their caffeine, vanillin, and saccharin. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017 Those that ate saccharin packed on more fat, gained more weight and consumed extra calories. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "Sugar May Be Bad, But Is the Alternative Worse?," 3 Feb. 2012

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First Known Use of saccharin

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of saccharin was in 1885

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saccharin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of saccharin

: a very sweet, white substance that does not have any calories and that is used instead of sugar to sweeten food

saccharin

noun
sac·cha·rin | \ ˈsak-(ə-)rən \

Medical Definition of saccharin 

: a crystalline cyclic imide C7H5NO3S that is unrelated to the carbohydrates, is several hundred times sweeter than sucrose, and is used as a calorie-free sweetener

called also benzosulfimide, gluside

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