from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless, foul-smelling ptomaine, NH2(CH2)4NH2, produced in decaying animal tissue by the decarboxylation of ornithine.
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- n. A diamine, NH2(CH2)4NH2 (1,4-diaminobutane or butanediamine). It is produced by the breakdown of amino acids in living and dead organisms.
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- n. a colorless crystalline ptomaine with a foul odor that is produced in decaying animal matter
Latin putrēscere, to rot; see putrescent + -ine2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)