Sal"i*cin (?), n. [L. salix, -icis, a willow: cf. F. salicine. See Sallow the tree.] Chem.
A glucoside found in the leaves of several species of willow (Salix) and poplar, and extracted as a bitter white crystalline substance.
<-- salicyl alcohol glucoside
, salicyl alcohol β-D-glucopyranoside
, saligenin β-D-glucopyranoside
. It is used in biochemistry as a standard substrate for evaluating the potency of β-glucosidase in enzymatic preparations. It is also an analgesic.
© Webster 1913.