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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: brū-sēn, -in

Definition: An alkaloid from Strychnos nux-vomica and S. ignatii (family Loganiaceae), which produces paralysis of sensory nerves and peripheral motor nerves; the convulsive action which is characteristic of strychnine is almost entirely absent; formerly used as a local anodyne and tonic.

[fr. Brucea sp., a shrub, after James Bruce, Scottish explorer, †1794]