One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a plant) capable of cyanogenesis.‘cyanogenic forms’
- ‘Cyanogenic glucosides, glucosinolates and thiocyanate are the goitrogenic/antithyroid constituents of cyanogenic plants that are often used as food by men and animals.’
- ‘Cyanogenic glucosides, glucosinolates and thiocyanate are known as goitrogenic principles of cyanogenic plants.’
- ‘A number of cyanogenic plants (thiocyanate precursors) containing dietary goitrogens are commonly consumed and SCN was found to present in all the urine samples studied.’
- 1.1Biochemistry Containing a cyanide group in the molecule.
- ‘Branched chain amino acids are precursors to secondary metabolism, and are involved in the biosynthesis of cyanogenic glycosides, glucosinolates, and acyl sugars.’
- ‘Knowing the difference is vital as the ‘bitter’ varieties have high levels of cyanogenic glucosides, an unpalatable form of cyanide, which can be harmful if ingested in large quantities.’
- ‘But for some specialist insects, cyanide and cyanogenic compounds can serve as phagostimulants and kairomones.’
- ‘However, some of those compounds such as capsaicin (the substance that makes chilies pungent) and some cyanogenic glycosides, have no apparent deleterious or deterrent effect on birds.’
- ‘In a number of countries cassava is a major source of carbohydrate, but if it is not properly treated ingestion of the naturally occurring cyanogenic (cyanide-forming) glycosides can be fatal.’
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