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- n. An animal base or alkaloid, appearing in the tissue during life; hence, a vital alkaloid, as distinguished from a ptomaine or cadaveric poison.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An animal base or alkaloid, appearing in the tissue during life; hence, a vital alkaloid, as distinguished from a
ptomaineor cadaveric poison.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nitrogenous organic base or alkaloid produced in living animal tissues as a result of their activity: distinguished from a ptomaine, which is an alkaloid produced in the putrefactive decay of a dead tissue.
leuco- + -maine, as in ptomaine. (Wiktionary)
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