Definition of alliinase in English:

alliinase

(also allinase)

noun

Biochemistry
  • An enzyme found in garlic and other species of the genus Allium, which when brought into contact with the amino acid alliin (as in the crushing of a garlic clove), converts it to the strong-smelling compound allicin.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Experientia. From German Alliinase from Alliin + -ase.

Pronunciation

alliinase

/ˈalɪɪneɪz/