Definition of momordicin in English:


Pronunciation /məʊˈmɔːdɪsɪn/


(also momordicine)
  • A bitter alkaloid which is one of the active principles in elaterium and other extracts from the fruit of the balsam apple Momordica charantia and related plants.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alfred Garrod (1819–1907), physician. From scientific Latin Momordica, genus name (LinnaeusSpecies Plantarum II. 1009; from post-classical Latin momordica a balsam apple from classical Latin momordī, first person singular perfect indicative of mordēre to bite + -ica, on account of the appearance of the seed of the fruit) + -in.