capsaicin(redirected from Capsaicine)
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A pungent alkaloid, C18H27NO3, derived from certain capsicums that is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes and is used in some topical pain relievers and in pepper sprays.
(Biochemistry) a colourless crystalline bitter alkaloid found in capsicums and used as a flavouring in vinegar and pickles. Formula: C18H27O3N
[C19 capsicine, from capsicum + -ine2; modern form refashioned from Latin capsa box, case + -in]
cap•sa•i•cin(kæpˈseɪ ə sɪn)
a colorless, crystalline, bitter compound, C18H27NO3, present in capsicum.
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|Noun||1.||capsaicin - colorless pungent crystalline compound derived from capsicum; source of the hotness of hot peppers of the genus Capsicum such as chili and cayenne and jalapeno|
capsicum, capsicum pepper plant, pepper - any of various tropical plants of the genus Capsicum bearing peppers
chemical irritant - a substance producing irritation