allicin

noun
al·​li·​cin | \ˈa-lə-sən \

Definition of allicin 

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

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The pungent aroma comes from sulfur compounds, including allicin. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "11 Best Foods For Your Immune System," 19 June 2018 Scientists believe that allicin may block enzymes involved in infections; some studies suggest that swallowing garlic may ward off colds. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "11 Best Foods For Your Immune System," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of allicin

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allicin

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

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allicin

noun
al·​li·​cin | \ˈal-ə-sən \

Medical Definition of allicin 

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

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