allyl sulfide


: a chemical compound C6H10S with an odor resembling that of garlic that is found chiefly in members of the allium family (such as garlic and onion), that may be prepared synthetically, and that is often used as a flavoring agent
Garlic, onions and chives contain allyl sulfides, which may trigger and improve detoxification enzyme levels to inactivate carcinogens.Sandra Gordon, Chicago Sun-Times, 20 Oct. 1999
However, all of the ingredients used in artificial flavors are on the "Generally Recognized as Safe" list and are approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration; unless you're planning to heist—and ingest—enormous quantities of allyl sulfide or benzaldehyde, you shouldn't worry too much about adverse side effects.Creative Loafing (Charlotte, North Carolina), 12 Jan. 2005

Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of allyl sulfide was in 1865

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“Allyl sulfide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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