brucine

[broo-seen, -sin]
noun Chemistry.
a white, crystalline, bitter, slightly water-soluble, very poisonous alkaloid, C 23 H 26 N 2 O 4 , obtained from the nux vomica tree Strychnos nux-vomica, and from other species of the same genus, resembling but not as powerful as strychnine in its pharmacological action: used chiefly in the denaturation of alcohol.

Origin:
1815–25; named after J. Bruce (1730–94), Scottish explorer; see -ine2

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brucine (ˈbruːsiːn, -sin)
 
n
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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While brucine is related to strychnine, it is not as poisonous.
Both brucine and strychnine are commonly used as agents for chiral resolution.
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