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capsicum

 [kap´sĭ-kum]
a plant of the genus Capsicum, the hot peppers, or the dried fruit derived from certain of its species (cayenne or red pepper); it contains the active ingredient capsaicin and is used as a counterirritant and also in pepper spray.

cap·si·cum

(kap'si-kŭm),
Cayenne, African, or red pepper, the dried ripe fruit of Capsicum frutescens (family Solanaceae); used as a carminative, gastrointestinal stimulant, and externally as a rubefacient.

capsicum

/cap·si·cum/ (kap´sĭ-kum) a plant of the genus Capsicum, the hot peppers, or the dried fruit derived from certain of its species (cayenne or red pepper), containing the active principle capsaicin; used as a counterirritant and analgesic and also in pepper spray.

capsicum

(kăp′sĭ-kəm)
n.
1. Any of various tropical American pepper plants of the genus Capsicum, especially any of the numerous cultivated forms of the species C. annuum and C. frutescens.
2. The fruit of any of these plants, especially the dried pungent types used as a condiment and in medicine.

capsicum

an herbal product derived from peppers native to tropical areas of the Americas.
uses It is used for muscle spasms, the pain of inflammation, neuromas, psoriasis, and dry mouth. It is also used as a food antioxidant and as a food seasoning.
contraindications It is contraindicated in those with known hypersensitivity, women who are pregnant or lactating, and in children until more research is available. It should not be used in open wounds or abrasions or near the eyes. It can cause extreme burns and blisters in its undiluted form.

cap·si·cum

(kap'si-kŭm)
Dried herbal remedy (and spice) made from Capsicum frutescens and other Capsicum spp.; both internal and external medicinal uses have been described (e.g., analgesic, therapy for GU problems).
Synonym(s): capsaicin, cayenne, hot pepper, red pepper.
[L., fr. capsa, box, case]
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