Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A toxin (C14H30N2O4) obtained from cultures of the Bacillus tetani.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol. Chem.) A poisonous base (ptomaine) formed in meat broth through the agency of a peculiar microbe from the wound of a person who has died of tetanus; -- so called because it produces tetanus as one of its prominent effects.

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  • noun organic chemistry A poisonous base (ptomaine) formed in meat broth by a microbe from the wound of a person who has died of tetanus.

Etymologies

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tetanus +‎ -in?

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