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ptomaine


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ptomaine  \Pto"ma*ine\,  n.  [From  Gr  ?  a  dead  body.]  (Physiol. 
  Chem.) 
  One  of  a  class  of  animal  bases  or  alkaloids  formed  in  the 
  putrefaction  of  various  kinds  of  albuminous  matter,  and 
  closely  related  to  the  vegetable  alkaloids;  a  cadaveric 
  poison.  The  ptomaines,  as  a  class,  have  their  origin  in  dead 
  matter,  by  which  they  are  to  be  distinguished  from  the 
  leucomaines. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ptomaine 
  n  1:  any  of  various  amines  (such  as  putrescine  or  cadaverine) 
  formed  by  the  action  of  putrefactive  bacteria  [syn:  {ptomain}] 
  2:  illness  caused  by  poisonous  or  contaminated  food  [syn:  {food 
  poisoning},  {gastrointestinal  disorder},  {ptomaine 
  poisoning}] 




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