from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crystalline alkaloid, C10H15O8N3 + H2O, found in the seeds of vetch, Vicia sativa.
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When they are exposed to two unusual amino-acid relatives vicine and convicine in the beans and in the flower pollen, their bodies metabolize these chemicals to forms that damage their red blood cells and cause serious, sometimes fatal anemia.
Vicine and convicine in the fava bean cause a blood-cell-destroying anemia, favism, in susceptible people p.