ptomaine poisoning


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ptomaine poisoning

n.
Food poisoning, erroneously believed to be the result of ptomaine ingestion. Not in scientific use.

ptomaine poisoning

n
(Pathology) a popular term for food poisoning
[C19: because ptomaines were once erroneously thought to be a cause of food poisoning]
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Noun1.ptomaine poisoning - 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
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ptomaine poisoning

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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.
The doctors he fervently believes in are as incompetent at medicine as he is at fiction: they attribute a case of lockjaw to ptomaine poisoning, for example.
Gilbert Gottfried: If it walks like an Aflac duck and incessantly quacks like an Aflac duck and eats pieces of dried bread crumbs left in the park by vagrants and will soon get ptomaine poisoning like an Aflac duck, then it's a New England victory.