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A very bitter triterpenoid lactone, extracted as white crystals from the quassia tree, used in traditional Chinese medicine
the bitter principle of quassia, extracted as a white crystalline substance; -- formerly called quassite
Origin: [Cf. F. quassine. See Quassia.]
Quassin is a white bitter, crystalline substance extracted from the quassia tree. It is one of the most bitter substances found in nature with a bitter threshold of 0.08 ppm and it is 50 times more bitter than quinine. Quassin is used as a medicine in traditional Chinese medicine. Extracts of the Bitter tree are also used as additives in soft drinks. Although its skeleton possesses 20 carbon atoms, quassin is not a diterpene but rather a triterpene lactone, which derives from euphol by loss of 10 carbon atoms including C4.
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