Definition of Piperine

1. Noun. Derived from pepper (especially black pepper); source of the hotness of black and white pepper.

Exact synonyms: Piperin
Substance meronyms: Black Pepper, Common Pepper, Madagascar Pepper, Pepper, Piper Nigrum, White Pepper
Generic synonyms: Chemical Irritant

Definition of Piperine

1. n. A white crystalline compound of piperidine and piperic acid. It is obtained from the black pepper (Piper nigrum) and other species.

Definition of Piperine

1. Noun. (organic compound) The alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper ¹

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Definition of Piperine

1. a chemical compound [n -S]

Medical Definition of Piperine

1. A white crystalline compound of piperidine and piperic acid. It is obtained from the black pepper (Piper nigrum) and other species. Origin: L. Piper pepper: cf. F. Piperin, piperine. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Piperine

piperic acid
piperidolate hydrochloride
piperine (current term)
piperocaine hydrochloride
piperonyl butoxide
piperoxan hydrochloride
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Literary usage of Piperine

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1. Laboratory manual for the detection of poisons and powerful drugs by Wilhelm Autenrieth (1921)
"piperine in Pepper Black pepper is the dried, unripe fruit of the pepper plant, ... The actual constituents of pepper are piperine, an ethereal oil (oil of ..."

2. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1871)
"Impure piperine may be purified by washing with absolute alcohol, or better with weak ... The specific gravity of fused piperine is 1-1931 at 18°. ..."

3. Laboratory Manual for the Detection of Poisons and Powerful Drugs by Wilhelm Autenrieth, William Homer Warren (1915)
"The residue consists of piperine and resin. Shake this residue with cold potassium ... Filter from undissolved piperine and wash the latter with cold water. ..."

4. Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry by Alfred Walter Stewart (1908)
"piperine. When the alkaloid pipeline is boiled with alcoholic potash, it is decomposed into ... acid in order to establish the constitution of piperine. ..."

5. Botanical Microtechnique: A Hand-book of Methods for the Preparation by A[lbrecht] Zimmermann (1893)
"piperine, which has been recognized in the fruits of various ... This dissolves piperine with a yellow color which later becomes dark ..."

6. Allen's Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Modes of by Alfred Henry Allen (1913)
"piperine is insoluble in cold water, and very slightly soluble in boiling water. ... piperine dissolves sparingly in ether, but with facility in chloroform, ..."

7. A Text-book of Organic Chemistry by Arnold Frederik. Holleman (1920)
"piperine must, therefore, be a substituted amide of ... CO-N CH2 )lJ piperine Piperidine is a colourless liquid, boiling at 106°, with a characteristic ..."

8. The Vegetable Alkaloids: With Particular Reference to Their Chemical by Amé Pictet (1904)
"piperine crystallizes in prisms which melt at 128-129°. ... On distilling piperine with lime, these investigators obtained a volatile base. ..."

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