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Named after a pharmacist, Wilbur Scoville, the Scoville scale was invented in 1912 to measure chemical compounds — capsaicinoids — that trigger familiar burning sensations. But, it was later used to measure the spiciness of peppers.

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The Scoville Scale: How Hot Is That Pepper? — Plus More About Spicy Foods

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