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allicin

Syllabification: al·li·cin
Pronunciation: /ˈaləsən
 
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Definition of allicin in English:

noun

Chemistry
A pungent oily liquid with antibacterial properties, present in garlic.
Example sentences
  • A small amount of allicin is present in fresh garlic, but enzymes in the garlic produce more when the cloves are cut or crushed and exposed to water.
  • Since allicin also gives garlic its pungent aroma, by releasing it you are also ensuring that that whoever eats it will have that smell to reckon with.
  • While the exact role of garlic in the preventive process is undetermined, it is believed that when garlic is crushed it forms allicin, which gives garlic its smell.

Origin

from Latin allium 'garlic' + -in1.

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