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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.]


(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]


(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
References in classic literature ?
Well," replied Monte Cristo "suppose, then, that this poison was brucine, and you were to take a milligramme the first day, two milligrammes the second day, and so on.
including SD Alcohol 3-A, SD Alcohol 30, SD Alcohol 39, SD Alcohol 39-B, SD Alcohol 39-C, SD Alcohol 40, SD Alcohol 40-B, and SD Alcohol 40-C, and the denaturants, Quassin, Brucine Sulfate/Brucine, and Denatonium Benzoate.
The toxic principles include strychnine and brucine extracted from seeds as a colorless, odorless, bitter material.