American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Food poisoning, erroneously believed to be the result of ptomaine ingestion. Not in scientific use.
- n. a term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use; food poisoning was once thought to be caused by ingesting ptomaines
“He had found his Complete and Concise Home Doctor (two massive volumes, cross-indexed, fifteen hundred pages, including everything from ptomaine poisoning to beauty tips on the care and shaping of the eyebrow) in the Port of London, and had even learned English in order to understand it.”
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