Definition of isothiocyanate in English:

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isothiocyanate

Pronunciation: /ˌīsōˌTHī-ōˈsīənāt/ /-nit/

noun

A family of organic compounds found in tangy herbs such as horseradish, mustard, and onions. They have several patented applications including use as a pesticide, and their presence in the diet is thought to help prevent cancer in humans.
Example sentences
  • Raw cabbage is rich in glucosinolate, which fermentation breaks down into isothiocyanates and other cancer-fighting compounds.
  • The pungency of wasabi, horseradish, Brussels sprouts, and mustards comes from compounds called isothiocyanates.
  • Broccoli, cabbage and other members of the brassica family contain sulforaphane as well as indoles and isothiocyanates, which appear to fight various cancers.

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Syllabification: i·so·thi·o·cy·a·nate

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