helicin definition

  • noun:
    • A glucoside acquired by partial oxidation of salicin from a willow, Salix helix.
    • A glucoside acquired as a white crystalline compound by limited oxidation of salicin, from a willow (Salix Helix of Linnæus.)
    • A colorless element, C6H11OC6H4CHO, that will be formed because of the activity of nitric acid on salicin. It crystallizes in slender, silky needles, melts at 175° C., and is the glucoside of orthohydroxybenzaldehyde.

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