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Systematic name (2R,3S,4S,5R,6S)
Other names salicin, D-(−)-Salicin, salicoside, 2-(hydroxymethyl)phenyl
CAS number 138-52-3 Yes check.svgY
PubChem 439503
RTECS number LZ5901700
Molecular formula C13H18O7
Molar mass 286.281
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Salicin (C13H18O7) is an alcoholic β-glycoside that contains D-glucose. Salicin is an anti-inflammatory agent that is produced from all willow barks.[1]

Salicin is closely related in chemical make-up to aspirin and has a very similar action in the human body although it is considered better than aspirin as it has a higher bioavailability and it does not cause gastric bleeding . When consumed, it is metabolized to salicylic acid. The systematic (IUPAC) name of the molecule is 2-(Hydroxymethyl)phenyl β-D-glucopyranoside. It has the following classifications and chemical properties:

Salicin elicits bitterness like quinine, when consumed.[2]


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  2. ^ Daniells, S (09/10/2006). "Symrise explores cheaper alternatives in bitter-maskers" (HTML). Retrieved 2007-12-13.  

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