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curcumin

[kur-kyoo-min] /ˈkɜr kyʊ mɪn/
noun
1.
the compound C 21 H 20 O 6 , a major active ingredient in turmeric and thought to have antioxidant and anticancer properties.
Origin
1850-1860
1850-60; < curcum(a) + Neo-Latin -ina -in2
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curcumin

/ˈkɜːkjʊmɪn/
noun
1.
a yellow pigment, derived from the rhizome of Curcuma longa, and the main active ingrediant of turmeric. It is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties
Word Origin
C20: from curcuma
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Word Origin and History for curcumin
n.

coloring matter, 1850, from Curcuma, genus name for plants of the ginger family, from which the chemical was drawn, Medieval Latin, from Arabic kurkum "saffron, tumeric." Cf. crocus.

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