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An orange crystalline carotenoid colorant. Bixin is the major colorant extracted from the Annatto seeds, Bixa orellana.

Synonyms and Related Terms

bixina (Esp.);

Physical and Chemical Properties

Composition C25H30O4
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 394.51

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • John and Margaret Cannon, Dye Plants and Dyeing, Herbert Press, London, 1994
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 1347