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  • adj. Of, or relating to the crucifer plants or products from these plants; of the family Cruciferae, the cabbage family, including cabbage and mustard.
  • adj. Bearing a cross.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bearing a cross.
  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a family of plants which have four petals arranged like the arms of a cross, as the mustard, radish, turnip, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bearing the cross; resembling a cross.
  • In botany, pertaining to or having the characters of the natural order Cruciferæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Cruciferae


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  • Rutgers researchers found that the curry spice turmeric (curcumin) holds real potential for both the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer, particularly when combined with phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a naturally occurring substance particularly abundant in cruciferous vegetables including watercress, cabbage, winter cress, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips.

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  • In fact, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, greens, and others belong to a group called cruciferous vegetables, all of which are considered to have cancer-preventing ingredients.

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  • According to new research findings published this month in the journal Cell, these healthy vegetables - known as cruciferous vegetables - can bolster the immune system.

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  • Broccoli and other so-called cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts have been known to lower the risk of cancer in general, perhaps through compounds called isothiocyanates.

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  • This is very important, because in the United States fully half the fruit and vegetables consumed are relatively poor in protective impact (potatoes, iceberg lettuce, canned tomatoes), while the per capita consumption of plants rich in anticancer molecules -- such as cruciferous vegetables -- is barely 1 %.

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  • "cruciferous" variety includes kale, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and cabbage.

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  • Instead, opt for dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, and bright orange produce like carrots and squash, which are rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals.

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  • For example, Vanderbilt researchers have found that women who ate high amounts of cruciferous vegetables broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and who had a certain genetic profile were 50 percent less likely than other women to develop breast cancer.

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  • And isn't Obamacare just a sneaky plot to open the door for legislation that would crucify Americans who reject cruciferous vegetables?

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  • Winters said that along with anything else we might choose to do if we carry these genes, could be something as simple as eating cruciferous plants -- plants that have methylating nutrients which help the liver to detox hormones, chemicals and regulate blood sugar; plants like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and bok choy.

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