putrescine

noun
pu·​tres·​cine | \ pyü-ˈtre-ˌsēn How to pronounce putrescine (audio) \

Definition of putrescine

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

Examples of putrescine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The presence of salt slows this fermentation process, promoting lactic acid bacteria that defeat pathogens and such foul-smelling toxins as cadaverine and putrescine. Taras Grescoe, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of putrescine

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for putrescine

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin putrescere

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The first known use of putrescine was in 1887

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“Putrescine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putrescine. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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putrescine

noun
pu·​tres·​cine | \ -ˈtres-ˌēn How to pronounce putrescine (audio) \

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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