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allicin

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noun al·li·cin \ˈa-lə-sən\

Definition of allicin

  1. :  a pungent compound C6H10OS2 formed enzymatically in crushed garlic cloves that imparts the distinctive smell to garlic and possesses antimicrobial properties



Origin of allicin

New Latin Allium (genus name of garlic, from Latin, garlic) + -cin (as in -mycin)


First Known Use: 1944


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allicin

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noun al·li·cin \ˈal-ə-sən\

Medical Definition of allicin

  1. :  a liquid compound C6H10OS2 with a garlic odor and antibacterial properties formed from alliin by enzymatic action




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