Definition of alliin in English:

alliin

(also allin)

noun

Biochemistry
  • 1A substance found in garlic, originally thought to be a glucoside. Now disused.

  • 2An amino acid found in garlic and other species of the genus Allium, which when brought into contact with the enzyme alliinase (e.g. by crushing a garlic clove), is converted to the strong-smelling compound allicin.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Chemical Society.

Pronunciation

alliin

/ˈalɪɪn/