Definitions for: Saccharin


[n] a crystalline substance 500 times sweeter than sugar; used as a calorie-free sweetener



Webster (1913) Definition: Sac"cha*rin (s[a^]k"k[.a]*r[i^]n), n. [F., from L.
saccharon sugar.] (Chem.)
A bitter white crystalline substance obtained from the
saccharinates and regarded as the lactone of saccharinic
acid; -- so called because formerly supposed to be isomeric
with cane sugar (saccharose).

See Also: sweetener, sweetening

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