capsaicine

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capsaicine

the most abundant of the pungent principles of the red pepper (Capsicum). It is an organic nitrogen compound belonging to the lipid group, but it is often erroneously classed among the alkaloids, a family of nitrogenous compounds with marked physiological effects

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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