noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, slightly water-soluble powder, C 7 H 5 NO 3 S, produced synthetically, which in dilute solution is 500 times as sweet as sugar: its soluble sodium salt is used as a noncaloric sugar substitute in the manufacture of syrups, foods, and beverages.
Also called benzosulfimide, gluside.

1875–80; sacchar- + -in2

nonsaccharin, adjective, noun

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saccharin (ˈsækərɪn)
a very sweet white crystalline slightly soluble powder used as a nonfattening sweetener. Formula: C7H5NO3S
[C19: from saccharo- + -in]

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"white crystalline compound used as a sugar substitute," 1885, from Ger., coined by chemist Fahlberg, 1879, from L. saccharon (see saccharine).
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saccharin sac·cha·rin (sāk'ər-ĭn)
A white crystalline powder having a taste about 500 times sweeter than cane sugar, used as a calorie-free sweetener. Also called benzosulfimide.

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saccharin   (sāk'ər-ĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
A white, crystalline powder used as a calorie-free sweetener. It tastes about 500 times sweeter than sugar. Saccharin is made from a compound of toluene, which is derived from petroleum. Chemical formula: C7H5NO3S.
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