from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The main sweet-tasting compound from liquorice root, thirty to fifty times as sweet as sucrose (table sugar).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A glucoside found in licorice root (Glycyrrhiza), in monesia bark (Chrysophyllum), in the root of the walnut, etc., and extracted as a yellow, amorphous powder, of a bittersweet taste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A peculiar saccharine matter (C24H36O9) obtained from the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra.


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  • Ikeda K, et al. A long-term glycyrrhizin injection therapy reduces hepatocellular carcinogenesis rate in patients with interferon-resistant active chronic hepatitis C: a cohort study of 1249 patients.

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  • Levitra Without A Prescription - Chinese licorice rootChinese licorice root is composed of a glycoside called glycyrrhizin helping the production of testosterone and suppressing sexual libido.

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  • A team of scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospitals for Children have revealed that a compound called glycyrrhizin might be an effective tool in battling life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant infections resulting from severe burns.

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  • Deglycyrrhizinated licorice DGL is licorice devoid of glycyrrhizin, a compound that can raise blood pressure.

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  • More recently, foreign studies show that glycyrrhizin, the main active ingredient in licorice root, has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-allergic properties.

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  • In Japan and China, glycyrrhizin has been used successfully to treat hepatitis B, a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver.

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  • Since DGL does not contain glycyrrhizin acid, it is unlikely that it offers the full benefits of preparations containing the whole licorice root.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • The Japanese are investigating glycyrrhizin as a possible cancer treatment.

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  • Licorice contains a host of ingredients including one called saponin which contains the chemical glycyrrhizin.

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  • On a separate note, in July 2003, German scientists have shown that glycyrrhizin, the chemical that provides the sweetening flavor for Licorice, kills SARS virus in the test-tubes

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  • I don't like licorice, either, actually.

    September 7, 2007

  • Chemicals are often such oddities.

    September 6, 2007

  • Hard to say. To me, anise has a "lighter" flavor, not as overpowering as licorice seems to be.

    September 6, 2007

  • how is it possible not to like licorice but to like anise? is it the texture of licorice?

    September 6, 2007

  • Me too. Though, oddly, I like anise.

    September 5, 2007

  • Nice word. Wish I liked licorice.

    September 5, 2007

  • Thanks! ;)

    August 30, 2007

  • Nifty word, Evin290! Duly pinched.

    August 30, 2007

  • The sweetening component of licorice.

    August 30, 2007