American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A basic nitrogenous organic compound produced by bacterial putrefaction of protein.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A generic name of alkaloid bodies formed from animal or vegetable tissues during putrefaction, and the similar bodies produced by pathogenic bacteria. Some of them are poisonous.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physiol. Chem.) One of a class of animal bases or alkaloids formed in the putrefaction of various kinds of albuminous matter, and closely related to the vegetable alkaloids; a cadaveric poison. The ptomaines, as a class, have their origin in dead matter, by which they are to be distinguished from the
- n. any of various amines (such as putrescine or cadaverine) formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria
- n. a term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use; food poisoning was once thought to be caused by ingesting ptomaines
- From French ptomaïne, from French ptomaina, from Ancient Greek πτῶμα (ptōma, "corpse"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian ptomaina, from Greek ptōma, corpse, from piptein, ptō-, to fall; see pet- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Food poisoning -- commonly called ptomaine poisoning -- and the effects ascribed to "salts of tin" result from improper handling and improper preparation of the product before packing, or from allowing the product to stand in the tin after it has been opened.”
“Oh, yes, it was a full man's job, and I dosed and doctored, and pulled teeth, and dragged my patients through mild little things like ptomaine poisoning.”
“To-morrow, or some other day, a ptomaine bug, or some other of a thousand bugs, might jump out upon him and drag him down.”
“Feb 18th, 2010 at 12: 49 pm deanlo: lefties are immune to ptomaine. everyone knows that”
“Will Mamacita meet her maker at the hands of ptomaine poisoning?”
“Sailors on the American destroyer that took them onboard served an evening meal of bread and meat that made the passengers violently sick with ptomaine poisoning.”
“Throughout the book, Jig continues to struggle with the events of GOBLIN WAR and the pressures of his new ptomaine.”
“Mess around and give everybody ptomaine poisoning.”
“Imagine a chef preparing a dish which gives all his guests ptomaine poisoning and than saying, "I meant to do that!”
“In 1934, a much celebrated pointer named Schoolfield died suddenly (possibly of ptomaine poisoning) just before the contest opened.”
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