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[uh-liz-er-in] /əˈlɪz ər ɪn/
noun, Chemistry
a solid appearing reddish-orange as crystals and brownish-yellow as powder, C 14 H 8 O 4 , one of the earliest known dyes, formerly obtained in its natural state from madder and now derived from anthraquinone: used chiefly in the synthesis of other dyes.
Also, alizarine
[uh-liz-er-in, -uh-reen] /əˈlɪz ər ɪn, -əˌrin/ (Show IPA)
1825-35; < French alizarine, equivalent to alizar(i) (< Spanish < Arabic al the + ʿaṣārah juice) + -ine -ine1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for alizarin


a brownish-yellow powder or orange-red crystalline solid used as a dye and in the manufacture of other dyes. Formula: C6H4(CO)2C6H2(OH)2
Word Origin
C19: probably from French alizarine, probably from Arabic al-’asārah the juice, from ’asara to squeeze
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alizarin in Medicine

alizarin a·liz·a·rin (ə-lĭz'ər-ĭn)
An orange-red crystalline compound used in making dyes and as an indicator.

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Encyclopedia Article for alizarin

a red dye originally obtained from the root of the common madder plant, Rubia tinctorum, in which it occurs combined with the sugars xylose and glucose. The cultivation of madder and the use of its ground root for dyeing by the complicated Turkey red process were known in ancient India, Persia, and Egypt; the use spread to Asia Minor about the 10th century and was introduced into Europe in the 13th.

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