alliinase

noun
al·​li·​in·​ase | \ ˈa-lē-ə-ˌnās How to pronounce alliinase (audio) \
plural alliinases

Definition of alliinase

: 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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First Known Use of alliinase

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alliinase

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

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“Alliinase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alliinase. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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