Meaning of PTOMAINE in English

— ptomainic , adj.

/toh"mayn, toh mayn"/ , n.

any of a class of foul-smelling nitrogenous substances produced by bacteria during putrefaction of animal or plant protein: formerly thought to be toxic.

[ 1875-80; ptomaina ptôma corpse + It -ina -INE 2 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .