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 (bro͞o′sēn′, -sĭn)
A poisonous white crystalline alkaloid, C23H26N2O4, derived from the seeds of nux vomica and closely related plants and used to denature alcohol.

[After James Bruce (1730-1794), Scottish explorer.]
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(ˈbruːsiːn; -sin)
(Plants) bitter poisonous alkaloid resembling strychnine and obtained from the tree Strychnos nuxvomica: used mainly in the denaturation of alcohol. Formula: C23H26N2O4
[C19: named after James Bruce (1730–94), Scottish explorer of Africa]
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(ˈbru sin, -sɪn)

a white, crystalline, bitter alkaloid, C23H26N2O4, used chiefly in the denaturation of alcohol.
[1815–25; after J. Bruce (1730–94), Scottish explorer; see -ine2]
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Noun1.brucine - a bitter alkaloid poison resembling strychnine and extracted from nux vomica
nux vomica - a medicine made from the seeds of an Asiatic tree; contains strychnine and brucine; formerly used as a stimulant
alkaloid - natural bases containing nitrogen found in plants
phytotoxin, plant toxin - any substance produced by plants that is similar in its properties to extracellular bacterial toxin
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