Definition of brucine in US English:



  • A highly toxic alkaloid present in nux vomica.

    Chemical formula: C₂₃H₂₆N₂O₄

    • ‘Anthocleista nobilis contains the alkaloids brucine and loganine and has been noted to be antispasmodic and neurotropic, having a marked hypotensive effect.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘The difference between the R F values of strychnine and brucine is only 0.15-0.18 even under the optimum conditions.’