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piperine

[pip-uh-reen, -er-in] /ˈpɪp əˌrin, -ər ɪn/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a white, crystalline alkaloid, C 1 7 H 1 9 NO 3 , obtained from pepper and other piperaceous plants and also prepared synthetically: used as an insecticide.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Latin piper pepper + -ine1
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piperine

/ˈpɪpəˌraɪn; -rɪn/
noun
1.
a crystalline insoluble alkaloid that is the active ingredient of pepper, used as a flavouring and as an insecticide. Formula: C17H19NO3
Word Origin
C19: from Latin piperpepper
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Encyclopedia Article for piperine

an organic compound classed either with the lipid family (a group consisting of fats and fatlike substances) or with the alkaloids, a family of nitrogenous compounds with marked physiological properties. It is one of the sharp-tasting constituents of the fruit of the pepper vine (Piper nigrum).

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