from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A basic nitrogenous organic compound produced by bacterial putrefaction of protein.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various amines formed by putrefactive bacteria.
- n. food poisoning
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 leucomaines.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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.