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Pronunciation: vi'sen

Definition: A glucoside occurring in akta, a weed that contaminates Lathyrus sativus, and in the common vetch (Vicia sativa), a plant whose fruit is substituted for red lentils; thought by some clinicians to be responsible for the symptoms of lathyrism.

[Vicia (genus name) + -ine]

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