allicin

noun
al·​li·​cin | \ ˈa-lə-sən How to pronounce allicin (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The compound allicin is unstable and quickly turns into other sulphurous compounds such as diallyl disulphide (which is responsible for allergic reactions to garlic), allyl mercapatan, allyl methyl sulphide and allyl methyl disulphide. Popular Science, "There’s a science to food pairing, and you can learn it here," 22 Oct. 2020 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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2 Nov 2020

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“Allicin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allicin. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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allicin

noun
al·​li·​cin | \ ˈal-ə-sən How to pronounce allicin (audio) \

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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