Meaning of PTOMAINE in English

[ 'təʊmeɪn ]

■ noun Chemistry, dated any of a group of amine compounds of unpleasant taste and odour formed in putrefying animal and vegetable matter and formerly thought to cause food poisoning.


C19: from Fr. ptomaïne , from Ital. ptomaina , formed irregularly from Gk ptōma 'corpse'.

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