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sulforaphane

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noun sul·fo·raph·ane \ˌsəl-fō-ˈra-ˌfan, -ˈrā-\

Definition of sulforaphane

  1. :  an anticarcinogenic isothiocyanate C6H11NOS2 found in cruciferous vegetables (as broccoli and cauliflower) that is thought to function by stimulating the production of enzymes in the body that detoxify cancer-causing substances



Origin and Etymology of sulforaphane

sulforaphen, a chemically similar substance (from sulfo- + -raphen, perhaps alteration of raphanin, an alternate name, from New Latin Raphanus, a cruciferous plant genus) + -ane


First Known Use: 1992


Medical Dictionary

sulforaphane

noun sul·fo·raph·ane

Medical Definition of sulforaphane

  1. :  an anticarcinogenic isothiocyanate C6H11NOS2 found in cruciferous vegetables (as broccoli and cauliflower) that is thought to function by stimulating the production of enzymes in the body that detoxify cancer-causing substances



Variants of sulforaphane

or chiefly British

sulphoraphane

\ˌsəl-fō-ˈraf-ˌān, -ˈrāf-\

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