from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ptomaïne first found in decomposing cadavers: a product of bacterial action in most instances, but sometimes formed in the body in the absence of microbes in eases of cystinuria. It is a derivative of lysin, and is known as pentamethylene-diamine (CH2 (NH2)(CH2)4(NH2)).
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Or are such substances as putrescein, cadaverin, skatol or indol -- which are derived through chemical change in the putrescent mass -- contributors to the spread of the poisonous taint throughout the system?
Zwaardemaker, artificially produced odors (like cadaverin) resemble it.
This process results in the formation of offensive gases like hydrogen sulphide, methyl mescaptan, cadaverin, skatol causing bad odor.