brucine

noun

bru·​cine ˈbrü-ˌsēn How to pronounce brucine (audio)
: a poisonous alkaloid C23H26N2O4 found with strychnine especially in nux vomica

Word History

Etymology

probably from French, from New Latin Brucea, genus name of Brucea antidysenterica, a shrub

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brucine was in 1820

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Cite this Entry

“Brucine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brucine. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

brucine

noun
bru·​cine ˈbrü-ˌsēn How to pronounce brucine (audio)
: a poisonous alkaloid C23H26N2O4 found with strychnine especially in nux vomica
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