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

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 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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