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abrin

[ey-brin] /ˈeɪ brɪn/
noun
1.
a highly poisonous protein found in the seeds of the rosary pea: inhibits protein synthesis, causing symptoms such as internal bleeding, intestinal upset, and irritation of mucous membranes.
Origin of abrin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Abr(us precatorius), scientific name of the rosary pea + -in2
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