• (noun): A basic nitrogenous organic compound produced by bacterial putrefaction of protein.

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  • (noun): a term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use; food poisoning was once thought to be caused by ingesting ptomaines
  • (noun): any of various amines (such as putrescine or cadaverine) formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria

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  • 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?

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