Complete Definition of "ptomaine"

English

Etymology
From French ptomaïne, from Italian ptomaina, from AGr. polytonic|ÏÏῶμα (ptÅma) "corpse".

Pronunciation
IPA|/'tÉÊmeɪn/
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪn|-eɪn

Noun
en-noun

#chemistry any of various amines formed by putrefactive bacteria
#dated food poisoning
#:*1989: Sandwiches arrived from outside, strange granular bread, the butter on it liquid, some sort of beige meat paste that hinted at ptomaine. â Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

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