capsaicin
noun Etymology: irregular from New Latin Capsicum Date: circa 1890 a colorless irritant phenolic amide C18H27NO3 found in various capsicums that gives hot peppers their hotness and that is used in topical creams for its analgesic properties

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  • Capsaicin — Cap*sa i*cin, n. [From {Capsicum}.] (Chem.) A colorless crystalline substance extracted from the {Capsicum annuum}, and giving off vapors of intense acridity. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • capsaicin — from CAPSICUM (Cf. capsicum), from which it is extracted + chemical suffixes …   Etymology dictionary

  • capsaicin — [kap sā′ə sin] n. [L capsa, box (see CASE2) + IC + IN1] an alkaloid, C18H27NO3, with a burning taste, extracted from capsicum …   English World dictionary

  • Capsaicin — Chembox new ImageFile1 = Capsaicin chemical structure.png ImageSize1 = 250px ImageFile2 = Capsaicin 3D vdW.png ImageSize2 = 250px IUPACName = 8 Methyl N vanillyl trans 6 nonenamide OtherNames = (E) N (4 Hydroxy 3 methoxybenzyl) 8 methylnon 6… …   Wikipedia

  • Capsaicin — Strukturformel Allgemeines Freiname Capsaicin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • capsaicin — /kap say euh sin/, n. a colorless, crystalline, bitter compound, C18H27NO3, present in capsicum. [1885 90; earlier capsicine, equiv. to CAPSIC(UM) + INE2; refashioned with capsa ( < L: box) for caps and IN2 for INE2] * * * ▪ chemical compound… …   Universalium

  • Capsaicin — Cap|sa|i|cin [nlat. Capsicum annuum = Paprika (Bot.); ↑ in (3)], das; s: scharf schmeckende, farblose Verb., Smp. 65 °C, die als Hyperämikum u. zur Reizkörpertherapie benutzt wird. * * * Capsa|icin   [zu lateinisch capsa »Kapsel«] das, s,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • capsaicin — (= 8 methyl N vanillyl 6 nonenamide) Molecule in chilli peppers that makes them hot and will stimulate release of neurogenic peptides (Substance P, neurokinins) from sensory neurons. Acts on the vanilloid receptor 1 (VR1). Can be used to… …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • capsaicin — noun A chemical compound found in chilli peppers, which is responsible for their pungent flavor …   Wiktionary

  • capsaicin — Alkaloidal principle in the fruits of various species of Capsicum, with the same uses as capsicum. It depletes substance P from sensory nerve endings; Sometimes used for pain in postherpetic neuralgia. * * * cap·sa·icin kap sā ə sən n a colorless …   Medical dictionary

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