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.

Nearby words

  1. abri,
  2. abridge,
  3. abridged,
  4. abridgement,
  5. abridgment,
  6. abristle,
  7. abroach,
  8. abroad,
  9. abrogable,
  10. abrogate

Origin of abrin

1880–85; < Abr(us precatorius), scientific name of the rosary pea + -in2

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