Etymology: From French ptomaíne, from Italian ptomaina, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, á) (ptÅma) "corpse".
- (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 . " Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye
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