Definition of coumarin in English:

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coumarin

Pronunciation: /ˈko͞om(ə)rən/

noun

Chemistry
1A vanilla-scented compound found in many plants, formerly used for flavoring food.
Example sentences
  • Plants make coumarin from an amino acid, phenylalanine.
  • The spectrum of coumarin in uncomplexed DNA is shown as the solid curve.
  • In this assay a series of sample mixtures with a fixed protein concentration and increasing coumarin concentrations are injected.
1.1Any derivative of this.
Example sentences
  • Because of the presence of coumarins in some clover species, including Trifolium pratense, tests of clotting factors in future trials may be prudent.
  • Herbal medications that may increase the risk of bleeding if used concurrently with ginkgo include the following: feverfew, garlic, ginseng, dong quai, red clover, and other natural coumarins.
  • And sweet clovers aren't the only greens using coumarins.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French coumarine, from coumarou, via Portuguese and Spanish from Tupi cumarú 'tonka bean'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: cou·ma·rin

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