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Definition of "abrin" [abrin]

  • A poisonous protein found in the seeds of the rosary pea. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abrin" in a sentence
  • "Warden and Waddell, of Calcutta, have isolated an essential oil, an acid named "ábric" and an amorphous substance called abrin, obtained by precipitation with alcohol from a watery infusion of the pulverized seeds."
  • "Also, when monoclonal antibodies were coupled to bacterial or plant toxins for e.g. Exotoxin A of pseudomonas aeruginosa or abrin from Abrus precatorious penetrates the cell membrane and inhibits protein synthesis."
  • "So Karen Lichfield died from abrin poisoning, but not from abrin in her own lab, not the material she was working on, which she said had come from Thailand."