from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A crystalline, intensely bitter alkaloid, C14H25NO2, found in the leaves of Carica Papaya, the melon-tree of South America. It is a not very powerful poison affecting the heart, spinal cord, and respiration.


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  • While you say that papaya seeds are edible, I found a statement on the Internet noting that they contained a substance called carpaine and that it was not advisable to consume them.

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  • I am not aware of concern about papaya seed consumption because of carpaine.

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  • Effect of carpaine, a papaya alkaloid, on the circulatory function in the rat.

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