Meaning of PTOMAINE in English

(ˈ)tō|mān noun

( -s )

Etymology: Italian ptomaina, from Greek ptōma fall, fallen body, corpse (from piptein to fall) + Italian -ina -ine — more at feather

: any of various organic bases some of which (as cadaverine or putrescine) are poisonous and which are formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria on nitrogenous matter — compare leucomaine

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