noun al·li·in·ase \ˈa-lē-ə-ˌnās\

Definition of alliinase



  1. :  an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of alliin to allicin in plants of the genus Allium (such as garlic and onion) But as soon as you crush or cut a clove of garlic, an enzyme called alliinase is released, converting alliin into allicin. — Judy Foreman, Boston Globe, 19 Feb. 1996

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Origin and Etymology of alliinase

borrowed from German Alliinase, from Alliin alliin + -ase -ase

First Known Use: 1947

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