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  • noun biochemistry Any of a class of bitter steroids, found in plants of the family Cucurbitaceae, that prevent them being eaten by herbivores

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Examples

  • There doesn't seem to be a complete understanding of what causes some cucumbers to be bitter but it is related to 2 compounds in the cucumber: cucurbitacin B and C.

    Blek and learn.

  • Sometimes, for various reasons, a few squashes or other plants will overproduce cucurbitacin.

    The Seattle Times

  • The bitter taste, in fact, was the telltale clue: Plants in the family Cucurbitaceae squash, pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, melons and gourds produce a bitter toxin - cucurbitacin - as a defense mechanism against insects, said Dr. Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett in the latest issue of "Epi-Log," a communicable disease and epidemiology newsletter produced by Public Health - Seattle & King County.

    The Seattle Times

  • After the successful robotic test of cucurbitacin-I, researchers showed that STAT3, which turns on and off the activity of a number of genes, is unusually active in NF1 tumor cells.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • Gutmann says cucurbitacin-I is likely too toxic to be suitable for use in clinical trials at this time.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • After the successful robotic test of cucurbitacin-I, researchers showed that STAT3, which turns on and off the activity of a number of genes, is unusually active in NF1 tumor cells.

    Science Blog

  • Gutmann says cucurbitacin-I is likely too toxic to be suitable for use in clinical trials at this time.

    Science Blog

  • After the successful robotic test of cucurbitacin-I, researchers showed that STAT3, which turns on and off the activity of a number of genes, is unusually active in NF1 tumor cells.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • Gutmann says cucurbitacin-I is likely too toxic to be suitable for use in clinical trials at this time.

    Science Blog

  • After the successful robotic test of cucurbitacin-I, researchers showed that STAT3, which turns on and off the activity of a number of genes, is unusually active in NF1 tumor cells.

    Science Blog

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