Definition of salicin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsaləsən/


A bitter compound present in willow bark. It is a glucoside related to aspirin, and accounts for the ancient use of willow bark as a pain-relieving drug.
Example sentences
  • The willow bark contained salicin, the pharmacological ancestor of a family of drugs called salicylates, of which aspirin is probably the most famous.
  • It contains at least six compounds that relax muscles, as well as salicin, the pain-relieving compound from which aspirin is derived.
  • White Willow bark is often called herbal aspirin because it contains salicin which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.


Mid 19th century: from French salicine, from Latin salix, salic- 'willow'.

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Syllabification: sal·i·cin

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