ptomaine

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From French ptomaïne, from French ptomaina, from Ancient Greek πτῶμα ‎(ptôma, corpse).

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ptomaine ‎(plural ptomaines)

  1. (chemistry) Any of various amines formed by putrefactive bacteria.
  2. (dated) food poisoning
    • 1989, Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye:
      Sandwiches arrived from outside, strange granular bread, the butter on it liquid, some sort of beige meat paste that hinted at ptomaine.

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ptomaine f

  1. plural of ptomaina