Meaning of PTOMAINE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈtō-ˌmān, tō-ˈ ]


Etymology: Italian ptomaina, from Greek ptōma 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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