ptomaine


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pto·maine

 (tō′mān′, tō-mān′)
n.
A basic nitrogenous organic compound produced by bacterial putrefaction of protein.

[Italian ptomaina, from Greek ptōma, corpse, from piptein, ptō-, to fall; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

ptomaine

(ˈtəʊmeɪn) or

ptomain

n
(Biochemistry) any of a group of amines, such as cadaverine or putrescine, formed by decaying organic matter
[C19: from Italian ptomaina, from Greek ptoma corpse, from piptein to fall]

pto•maine

(ˈtoʊ meɪn, toʊˈmeɪn)

n.
any of a class of foul-smelling nitrogenous substances produced by bacteria during putrefaction of animal or plant protein: formerly thought to cause food poisoning.
[< Italian ptomaina (1878) < Greek ptôma corpse + Italian -ina -ine2]
pto•main′ic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ptomaine - any of various amines (such as putrescine or cadaverine) formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria
amine, aminoalkane - a compound derived from ammonia by replacing hydrogen atoms by univalent hydrocarbon radicals
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
2.ptomaine - a term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use; food poisoning was once thought to be caused by ingesting ptomaines
food poisoning, gastrointestinal disorder - illness caused by poisonous or contaminated food
Translations

ptomaine

[ˈtəʊmeɪn]
A. N(p)tomaína f
B. CPD ptomaine poisoning Nenvenenamiento m (p)tomaínico

ptomaine

nLeichengift nt, → Ptomain nt (spec)

ptomaine

n tomaína
References in classic literature ?
To-morrow, or some other day, a ptomaine bug, or some other of a thousand bugs, might jump out upon him and drag him down.
Oh, yes, it was a full man's job, and I dosed and doctored, and pulled teeth, and dragged my patients through mild little things like ptomaine poisoning.
She gives me that you-are-such-a-hopeless-case look, and reminds me that people in other parts of the world have bigger things to worry about, and their death rate from ptomaine is probably no higher than ours.