He kissed her in his eccentric fashion, and with her plump arms about his neck, she forgot all about ptomaine Street.
The consequences I suffered were those of ptomaine poisoning.
Still I think he has made a bad exchange, for Mrs. ptomaine wont last.
If Mills has ptomaine poisoning, nothing has happened, the doctor said.
Margery was very ill by this time and the doctor said she had symptoms of ptomaine poisoning.
In her pride of being a Petticoat she loved every detail of ptomaine Haul.
Humph, I suppose you know they grow on sewers and people who eat them die of ptomaine poisoning?
I don't admit that ptomaine Street is as useful as a Hoboken alley.
As far as danger of disease or ptomaine poison is concerned, chances between the two methods seem to offer little choice.
Is it not a ptomaine generated under unknown conditions in the intestine?
1880, from Italian ptomaina, coined by Professor Francesco Selmi of Bologna, 1878, from Greek ptoma "corpse," on notion of poison produced in decaying matter. Greek ptoma is literally "a fall, a falling," via the notion of "fallen thing, fallen body;" nominal derivative of piptein "to fall" (see symptom). Incorrectly formed, and Selmi is roundly scolded for it in OED, which says proper Greek would be *ptomatine.
ptomaine pto·maine (tō'mān', tō-mān')
A basic nitrogenous organic compound produced by bacterial putrefaction of protein.
Any of various toxic nitrogenous organic compounds produced by bacterial decomposition of protein, especially in dead animal tissue. Ptomaines are bases and are formed by removing the carboxyl group (COOH) from amino acids. They do not cause food poisoning, as was previously thought, but the term ptomaine poisoning is still used to describe food poisoning caused by bacteria.