putrescine


pu·tres·cine

noun \-ˈtre-ˌsēn\

Definition of PUTRESCINE

:  a crystalline slightly poisonous ptomaine C4H12N2 that occurs in small amounts in virtually all living things

Origin of PUTRESCINE

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin putrescere
First Known Use: 1887

pu·tres·cine

noun \-ˈtres-ˌēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PUTRESCINE

: a crystalline slightly poisonous ptomaine C4H12N2 that is formed by decarboxylation of ornithine, occurs widely but in small amounts in living things, and is found especially in putrid flesh

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