ptomaine

Definitions of ptomaine
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n any of various amines (such as putrescine or cadaverine) formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria

Synonyms:
ptomain
Types:
putrescine
a colorless crystalline ptomaine with a foul odor that is produced in decaying animal matter
cadaverine
a colorless toxic ptomaine with an unpleasant odor formed during the putrefaction of animal tissue
Type of:
amine, aminoalkane
a compound derived from ammonia by replacing hydrogen atoms by univalent hydrocarbon radicals

n a term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use; food poisoning was once thought to be caused by ingesting ptomaines

Synonyms:
ptomaine poisoning
Type of:
food poisoning, gastrointestinal disorder
illness caused by poisonous or contaminated food