brucine


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brucine

(bro͞o`sēn), alkaloid similar to strychninestrychnine
, bitter alkaloid drug derived from the seeds of a tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, native to Sri Lanka, Australia, and India. It has been used as a rat poison for five centuries, and rat biscuits still remain a cause of accidental poisoning in humans.
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, bitter-tasting drug obtained from the poisonous seeds of Strychnos nux-vomica, a tree that grows in Sri Lanka, India, and N Australia. The dried seeds contain strychnine and brucine, both colorless crystalline alkaloids, as well as sugar, acid, and oil.
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brucine

[′brü‚sīn]
(organic chemistry)
C23H26N2O4 A poisonous alkaloid from the seeds of plant species such as Nux vomica; used in alcohol as a denaturant.
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This was particularly true in cases of poisoning when alkaloids such as morphine, strychnine, and brucine were used.
Various plant alkaloids such as cinchonamine, quinine, strychnine, brucine, papaverine, narcotine, nicotine, and purines such as caffeine and theophylline were early shown to have varying degrees of mitoclastic effect.
Together they isolated a number of alkaloids such as brucine, cinchonine, quinine, and strychnine.
2002), the pyridine-containing alkaloid brucine inhibited the discharge of prostaglandin E2 in inflammatory tissues (Yin et al.