• WordNet 3.6
    • n ptomaine a term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use; food poisoning was once thought to be caused by ingesting ptomaines
    • n ptomaine any of various amines (such as putrescine or cadaverine) formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ptomaine (Physiol. Chem) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ptomaine 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ptomaine tō′ma-in a somewhat loosely used generic name for those bodies, usually poisonous, formed from animal tissues during putrefaction—putrescine, cadaverine, creatinin, neurin, choline, muscarine, &c
    • Ptomaine Also Ptō′maïn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Gr. a dead body


In literature:

In an age when the existence of ptomaines is a mystery we should not wonder at anything!
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
As far as danger of disease or ptomaine poison is concerned, chances between the two methods seem to offer little choice.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
He did not think their dogs on that journey had scurvy, but ptomaine poisoning from fish which had travelled through the tropics.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Those of us who can't go out get ptomain poisoning and appendicitis.
"Winnie Childs" by C. N. Williamson
A Bibliography of Ptomaines accompanies Professor Victor C. Vaughan's work, Ptomaines and Leucomaines.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 832, December 12, 1891" by Various
Ptomaines aren't in it, by comparison.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
The slightest carelessness can rot a man's integrity or give him ptomaine poisoning.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Five men here, lying in a row, all ptomaine poisoning, due to some rank tinned stuff they'd been eating.
"The Backwash of War" by Ellen N. La Motte
They are no longer called ptomaines, because many ptomaines are not poisonous.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
Why, do you know, wherever the cheese-monger goes these days ptomaine poison is certain to follow.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Ptomaines is a center shot!
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
So you think it's ptomaine poisoning, do you Doctor Jack-o'-my-thumb?
"Dorothy at Oak Knowe" by Evelyn Raymond
Canned meat and fish have produced the most violent types of ptomaine poisoning.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
A deadly ptomain that infests all forms of dynamic thought.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
Later on Tom declared that he felt very uncomfortable and that he was certain he had ptomaine poisoning.
"Four Afloat" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Ptomaine poisoning is as good as cramps, or pains in the head, at any time,' ses the hen.
"The Whale and the Grasshopper" by Seumas O'Brien
It looked like a case of ptomaine to me.
"Mavis of Green Hill" by Faith Baldwin
Frequently ptomaine poisoning occurs in the summer time because of the rapid growth of bacteria.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
For all you know ptomaines are gathering their forces inside you even now.
"Under Cover" by Roi Cooper Megrue
I will see that Mrs. Ptomaine guys Lauderdale in Romeo.
"The Celebrity at Home" by Violet Hunt