University Chemistry ›› 2021, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (4): 2005056.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202005056

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Indiscriminate Use of Chinese Translations of Two Alkaloids in Strychnos Nux-vomica L. and a Suggested Solution

Ziyang Dong, Zhanhui Yang(), Jiaxi Xu   

  • Received:2020-05-21 Accepted:2020-06-11 Published:2020-06-30
  • Contact: Zhanhui Yang


Strychnine and Brucine are the two main alkaloids in the traditional Chinese medicine Strychnos nux-vomica L. However, the indiscriminate use of Chinese translations makes it difficult for the public to distinguish between Strychnine and Brucine. This has seriously affected the popularization of science and academic communications. We suggest uniform and strict annotations with these alkaloids' English names when the Chinese translations are used.

Key words: Strychnine, Brucine, Chinese translation, English annotations


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