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ptomaine

noun pto·maine \ˈtō-ˌmān, tō-ˈ\

Definition of PTOMAINE

:  any of various organic bases which are formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria on nitrogenous matter and some of which are poisonous

Origin of PTOMAINE

Italian ptomaina, from Greek ptōma fall, fallen body, corpse, from piptein to fall — more at feather
First Known Use: 1880
Medical Dictionary

ptomaine

noun pto·maine \ˈtō-ˌmān, tō-ˈ\

Medical Definition of PTOMAINE

:  any of various organic bases formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria on nitrogenous matter and including some which are poisonous—compare leukomaine

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