from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless, pungent, crystalline compound, C18H27NO3, that is derived from capsicum and is a strong irritant to skin and mucous membranes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A chemical compound found in chilli peppers, which is responsible for their pungent flavor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A colorless crystalline substance extracted from the Capsicum annuum, and giving off vapors of intense acridity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The crystalline, active principle (C18H27NO3) of Spanish and Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum and C. minimum).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. colorless pungent crystalline compound derived from capsicum; source of the hotness of hot peppers of the genus Capsicum such as chili and cayenne and jalapeno
Well, what happens is that that even when - in experimental models, when they give this capsaicin, which is the active ingredient, chronically, you do become desensitized to it, eventually.
One is called the capsaicin receptor, after the stinging substance in red peppers, because it is triggered both by hot air and hot spices.
If you actually take the active ingredient known as capsaicin and put them in a body cream, you could actually ward off arthritis.
Speaking of hot, the real heat comes from capsaicin, which is stored in the ribs of these chili peppers.
The product's active ingredient is a synthetic form of the agent that makes chili peppers hot, known as capsaicin.
Food scientists have said that hot peppers contain a substance called capsaicin that can actually cause your body to heat up.
We finally verified the quality of this approach by studying the effects of a pharmacological and a physical agent, namely capsaicin and warmth, respectively.
A new study conducted by UCLA researchers found that a substance in hot peppers called capsaicin can actually increase our energy expenditure by increasing heat production.
Hot peppers contain a substance called capsaicin that not only adds spice to our foods but may actually help us lose weight.
The compound in the spray called capsaicin is derived from chili plants.