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A compound that is responsible for the pungency of capsicums.
- ‘What you were up against was the awesome power of a chemical known as capsaicin, an odorless, flavorless substance present in chili peppers.’
- ‘Although capsaicin causes respiratory problems, the researchers did not find evidence of any unique metabolites in lung microsomes.’
- ‘In the fight to protect both elephants and humans, the chemical agent capsaicin, found in chili peppers, is a secret weapon.’
- ‘What was known was that certain types of nerve endings responded to capsaicin by allowing calcium ions to flow into the cell.’
- ‘Chillies are ‘hot’ because they contain capsaicin, an irritant alkaloid which is found mainly in the interior tissue to which the seeds adhere.’
Late 19th century: alteration of capsicine, the name of a substance formerly thought to have the same property.
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