1. [ noun ] (chemistry) any of various amines (such as putrescine or cadaverine) formed by the action of putrefactive bacteria
Synonyms: ptomain
Related terms: amine cadaverine putrescine
2. [ noun ] (medicine) a term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use; food poisoning was once thought to be caused by ingesting ptomaines
Synonyms: ptomaine_poisoning
Related terms: food_poisoning
3. [ noun ] (medicine) illness caused by poisonous or contaminated food
Synonyms: gastrointestinal_disorder ptomaine_poisoning food_poisoning
Related terms: illness mushroom_poisoning salmonellosis botulism
Similar spelling:   ptomain