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coumarin

Line breaks: cou|ma¦rin
Pronunciation: /ˈkuːmərɪn
 
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Definition of coumarin in English:

noun

[mass noun] Chemistry
1A vanilla-scented compound found in many plants, formerly used for flavouring 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.
1.1 [count noun] Any derivative of coumarin.
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'.

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