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vanillin

[vuh-nil-in, van-l-] /vəˈnɪl ɪn, ˈvæn l-/
noun, Chemistry
1.
a white, crystalline, water-soluble, alcohol-soluble solid, C 8 H 8 O 3 , obtained by extraction from the vanilla bean or prepared synthetically: used chiefly as a flavoring agent and in perfumery.
Also, vanilline
[vuh-nil-in, -een, van-l-in, -een] /vəˈnɪl ɪn, -in, ˈvæn l ɪn, -ˌin/ (Show IPA)
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Also called vanillic aldehyde.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; vanill(a) + -in2
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vanillin

/ˈvænɪlɪn; vəˈnɪlɪn/
noun
1.
a white crystalline aldehyde found in vanilla and many natural balsams and resins; 3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde. It is a by-product of paper manufacture and is used as a flavouring and in perfumes and pharmaceuticals. Formula: (CH3O)(OH)C6H3CHO
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Word Origin and History for vanillin
n.

substance prepared from fruit of the vanilla plant, 1868, from vanilla + -in (2).

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vanillin in Medicine

vanillin va·nil·lin (və-nĭl'ĭn, vān'ə-lĭn)
n.
A white or yellowish crystalline compound found in vanilla beans and certain balsams and resins and used in flavorings and pharmaceuticals.

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