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noun 
  1. (chemistry) any of various amines formed by putrefactive bacteria
  2. (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
Etymology: From French ptomaíne, from Italian ptomaina, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, á) (ptÅma) "corpse".


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