HyperDic: ptomaine

English > 2 senses of the word ptomaine:
NOUNsubstanceptomaine, ptomainany of various amines (such as putrescine or cadaverine) formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria
stateptomaine, ptomaine poisoninga term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use
ptomaine > pronunciation
Soundstow'meyn
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English > ptomaine: 2 senses > noun 1, substance
MeaningAny of various amines (such as putrescine or cadaverine) formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria.
Synonymptomain
NarrowercadaverineA colorless toxic ptomaine with an unpleasant odor formed during the putrefaction of animal tissue
putrescineA colorless crystalline ptomaine with a foul odor that is produced in decaying animal matter
Broaderamine, aminoalkaneA compound derived from ammonia by replacing hydrogen atoms by univalent hydrocarbon radicals
Spanishptomaína, ptomain, tomaína
Catalanptomaïna, ptomain
English > ptomaine: 2 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningA term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use; food poisoning was once thought to be caused by ingesting ptomaines.
Synonymptomaine poisoning
Broaderfood poisoning, gastrointestinal disorderillness caused by poisonous or contaminated food

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