Definition of tartrazine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːtrəziːn/


[mass noun] Chemistry
A brilliant yellow synthetic dye derived from tartaric acid and used to colour food, drugs, and cosmetics.
Example sentences
  • 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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