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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.

[Alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin capsa, box) of earlier capsicin : capsic(um) + -in.]


(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]


(kæpˈseɪ ə sɪn)

a colorless, crystalline, bitter compound, C18H27NO3, present in capsicum.
[1885–90; earlier capsicine= capsic (um) + -ine2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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


n capsaicina
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One Post reader with burning feet told us that over-the-counter Zostrix cream (active ingredient: capsaicin) "works wonders.
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TOPICAL MEDICATIONS AT A GLANCE Type Examples How They Work Precautions Counterirritants BenGay, Create a minor Do not use on (rubefacients) Capzasin-P, pain or broken skin or Flexall, irritation to cover medicine Icy Hot, counteract more with an occlusive Zostrix severe pain bandage; do not use with heating pads; avoid using before or right after vigorous exercise NSAIDs Aspercreme, Block Do not use if (salicylates) Myoflex, inflammation to allergic to Sportscreme relieve pain aspirin; avoid using on broken skin Anesthetics Lanacane, Block Can irritate broken Solarcaine, transmission of skin; use on small pain signals areas
acquired the Zostrix and Zostrix HP brands of analgesic creams, which provide temporary relief of the muscular and joint pain associated with arthritis, backache, strains and sprains.
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The business model that built Health Care Products' diabetes products line is now being applied to the development of Zostrix, an external analgesic made with purified capsaicin.