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ptomaine

 [to´mān, to-mān´]
any of several toxic bases formed by decarboxylation of an amino acid, often by bacterial action, such as cadaverine, muscarine, and putrescine.
ptomaine poisoning a term commonly misapplied to food poisoning. Contrary to popular belief, ptomaines are not injurious to the human digestive system, which is quite capable of reducing them to harmless substances.

pto·maine

(tō'mān, tō-mān'),
An indefinite term applied to poisonous substances (for example, toxic amines) formed in the decomposition of protein by the decarboxylation of amino acids by bacterial action.
Synonym(s): ptomatine
[G. ptōma, a corpse]

ptomaine

(tō′mān′, tō-mān′)
n.
A basic nitrogenous organic compound produced by bacterial putrefaction of protein.

pto·maine

(tō'mān)
An indefinite term applied to poisonous substances (e.g., toxic amines) formed in the decomposition of protein by the decarboxylation of amino acids by bacterial action.
[G. ptōma, a corpse]
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Being in town, I warily went along to the Colorado Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, a ballet I normally prefer only slightly to ptomaine poisoning.
He died of ptomaine poisoning contracted from tainted Japanese crabmeat.
She herself seldom bought it, and never in hot weather for fear of ptomaine. Possibly the shrimp were tainted, too, though they tasted all right.
What Paul did pick up at the Grand Vefour, according to Fitch, was ptomaine poisoning.
Both extremes were recorded when he circled the globe in 1903 and 1904; ptomaine poisoning in Russia caused his diminution.