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esculin

[es-kyuh-lin] /ˈɛs kyə lɪn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble glucoside, C 15 H 16 O 9 , obtained from the bark of the common horse chestnut and used chiefly in skin preparations as a protective against sunburn.
Also, aesculin.
Origin
< Italian esculina < Neo-Latin Aescul(us) (first part of genus name of species that produces it) + Italian -ina -in2
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