sulforaphane

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noun sul·fo·raph·ane \ ˌsəl-fō-ˈra-ˌfan , -ˈrā- \

Definition of sulforaphane

:an anticarcinogenic isothiocyanate C6H11NOS2 found in cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli and cauliflower) that is thought to function by stimulating the production of enzymes in the body that detoxify cancer-causing substances

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Origin and Etymology of sulforaphane

sulforaphen, a chemically similar substance (from sulfo- + -raphen, perhaps alteration of raphanin, an alternate name, from New Latin Raphanus, a cruciferous plant genus) + -ane


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sulforaphane

noun sul·fo·raph·ane
variants: or chiefly British sulphoraphane \ˌsəl-fō-ˈraf-ˌān, -ˈrāf-\

medical Definition of sulforaphane

:an anticarcinogenic isothiocyanate C6H11NOS2 found in cruciferous vegetables (as broccoli and cauliflower) that is thought to function by stimulating the production of enzymes in the body that detoxify cancer-causing substances

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