Meaning of isothiocyanate in English:


Pronunciation /ˌʌɪsə(ʊ)ˌθʌɪə(ʊ)ˈsʌɪəneɪt/


  • A compound containing the group —N=C=S as a substituent or ligand.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Onions contain volatile chemicals of the isothiocyanate class.’
    • ‘Much credit for mustard's biofumigant effect against soilborne pests is given to isothiocyanates, chemical byproducts of the plants' decomposition.’