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n. (context organic compounds English) An unsaturated disulfide obtained from garlic, with antioxidant, antithrombotic, and antimicrobial properties.


Ajoene is an organosulfur compound found in garlic (Allium sativum). It is a colorless liquid that contains sulfoxide and disulfide functional groups. The name (and pronunciation) is derived from "ajo", the Spanish word for garlic. It is found as a mixture of up to four isomers, which differ in terms of the stereochemistry of central alkene (E- vs Z-) and the chirality of the sulfoxide.