CAPSAICIN

n. a crystalline compound derived from the capsicum plant of the nightshade family. Colorless yet spicy and pungent, it is irritating to the skin and, therefore, a natural deterrent to predators. Medicinally, it is used to formulate ointments (e.g. capsaicin cream) which treat arthritis and other peripheral neuropathy.

CAPSAICIN: "Spicy in taste and warm to the touch, capsaicin is both a culinary ingredient and a medicinal substance."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CAPSAICIN," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/capsaicin/ (accessed May 16, 2021).
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