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coumarin

Pronunciation: ku'ma-rin

Definition:

  1. A general descriptive term applied to anticoagulants and other drugs derived from dicumarol, a component of the Tonka bean.
  2. A fragrant neutral principle obtained from the Tonka bean, Dypterix odorata, and made synthetically from salicylic aldehyde; it is used to disguise unpleasant odors.

Synonym(s): coumaric anhydride, cumarin

[coumarou, native name of Tonka bean]

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