sal·​i·​cin | \ ˈsa-lə-sən How to pronounce salicin (audio) \

Definition of salicin

: a bitter white crystalline glucoside C13H18O7 found in the bark and leaves of several willows and poplars and used in medicine like salicylic acid

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Recent Examples on the Web Compared to salicylic acid, which is created using a chemical process, salicin is naturally found in willow bark and has antioxidative, antimicrobial, and soothing properties. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide to Dealing With Oily Skin," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of salicin

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salicin

French salicine, from Latin salic-, salix willow — more at sallow

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The first known use of salicin was in 1830

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“Salicin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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sal·​i·​cin | \ ˈsal-i-sin How to pronounce salicin (audio) \

Medical Definition of salicin

: a bitter white crystalline glucoside C13H18O7 found in the bark and leaves of several willows and poplars, yielding saligenin and glucose on hydrolysis, and formerly used in medicine as an antipyretic, antirheumatic, and tonic

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