One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A peppery-smelling liquid formed by the reduction of pyridine.
Chemical formula: C₅H₁₁N
- ‘In the latter case cleavage was only visualized following UV irradiation and treatment with hot piperidine.’
- ‘This process was performed repeatedly to remove all traces of piperidine.’
- ‘It is based on piperidine - a hexagon-shaped molecule found in trace amounts in black pepper.’
- ‘The DNA pellet was resuspended in piperidine and maintained at 95 deg C for 20 min.’
- ‘By following the Maxam-Gilbert method, we treated Si with dimethyl sulfate and piperidine to get the results shown in Lane 2.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin piper ‘pepper’ + -ide + -ine.
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