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putrescine

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noun pu·tres·cine \-ˈtre-ˌsēn\

Definition of putrescine

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



Origin and Etymology of putrescine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin putrescere


First Known Use: 1887


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putrescine

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noun pu·tres·cine \-ˈtres-ˌēn\

Medical Definition of putrescine

  1. :  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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