Definition of "saccharin" [sac•cha•rin]

  • A white crystalline powder, C7H5NO3S, having a taste about 500 times sweeter than cane sugar, used as a calorie-free sweetener. (noun)

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Use "saccharin" in a sentence
  • "I asked if it wasn’t saccharin, why is it called saccharin?"
  • "Queeny was convinced there was money to be made manufacturing a substance called saccharin, an artificial sweetener then imported from Germany."
  • "This freedom in the choice of materials has continued down to the present time, except that the use of "saccharin" (a product derived from coal-tar) was prohibited in 1888, the reason being that this substance gives an apparent palate-fulness to beer equal to roughly 4° in excess of its real gravity, the revenue suffering thereby."