Meaning of PTOMAINE in English


Pronunciation: ' t ō - ˌ m ā n, t ō - '

Function: noun

Etymology: Italian ptomaina, from Greek pt ō ma fall, fallen body, corpse, from piptein to fall ― more at FEATHER

Date: 1880

: any of various organic bases which are formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria on nitrogenous matter and some of which are poisonous

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