Definition of Curcumin

Curcumin: Curcumin is derived from the Curcuma longa plant, commonly known as turmeric. Curcumin has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic activity, and low toxicity. More recently, studies have confirmed anti-cancer activities on numerous biological pathways involved in mutagenesis, oncogene expression, cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, tumorigenesis and metastasis.


Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

Search MedTerms:


Back to MedTerms online medical dictionary A-Z List
Pill Identifier Tool

Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill finder tool on RxList.