- a white, crystalline, bitter, slightly water-soluble, very poisonous alkaloid, C23H26N2O4, 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 of brucine
1815–25; named after J. Bruce (1730–94), Scottish explorer; see -ine2
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Strychnine is found in them in the proportion of ½–1½ and brucine ½%–1.4%.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
The behaviour of brucine in the subliming cell is described at p. 260.
It might, therefore, be used to separate strychnine from brucine.
Brucine is a tertiary diamine, that is, formed by substitution in a double ammonia molecule.
It gives a red colour with brucine, turns the green sulphate of iron black, and with hydrochloric acid dissolves gold.Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
W. G. Aitchison Robertson
- bitter poisonous alkaloid resembling strychnine and obtained from the tree Strychnos nuxvomica : used mainly in the denaturation of alcohol. Formula: C 23 H 26 N 2 O 4
C19: named after James Bruce (1730–94), Scottish explorer of Africa