Definition of tartrazine in English:


Syllabification: tar·tra·zine
Pronunciation: /ˈtärtrəˌzēn, -zin


  • A brilliant yellow synthetic dye derived from tartaric acid and used to color food, drugs, and cosmetics.
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    • The study reported that benzoic acid and tartrazine (yellow food colouring E102) had a bad effect on nearly eight out of ten children involved.
    • All samples contained one to three kinds of artificial colours, including tartrazine, sunset yellow FCF, red 2G, carmoisine and curcumin.
    • E102, also known as tartrazine, gives food a yellow/orange colour.


late 19th century: from French tartre 'tartar' + azo- + -ine4.

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