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ptomaine poisoning

(erroneously) food poisoning thought to be caused by ptomaine.
Origin of ptomaine poisoning
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ptomaine poisoning
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  • The consequences I suffered were those of ptomaine poisoning.

  • "He might get ptomaine poisoning," finally suggested Shy Thomas.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
  • If Mills has ptomaine poisoning, nothing has happened, the doctor said.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
  • He was a specialist, and, better yet, a specialist in ptomaine poisoning.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
  • And so, he's all tied up in knots with ptomaine poisoning and I've got to straighten him out.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
  • He who had been knocked down by a despatch rider sat up, as did those with bronchitis, and those with ptomaine poisoning.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • Margery was very ill by this time and the doctor said she had symptoms of ptomaine poisoning.

    The Campfire Girls Go Motoring Hildegard G. Frey
  • I, myself, have had ptomaine poisoning from canned salmon, but I have never since had any trouble about eating salmon.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • That if one eats oysters in a month not containing an "r," one is certain to get ptomaine poisoning.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • All these delicacies—so-called—tasted good during the winter months and no one was known to be afflicted with ptomaine poisoning.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
British Dictionary definitions for ptomaine poisoning

ptomaine poisoning

a popular term for food poisoning
Word Origin
C19: because ptomaines were once erroneously thought to be a cause of food poisoning
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ptomaine poisoning in Medicine

ptomaine poisoning n.
Food poisoning, erroneously believed to be the result of ptomaine ingestion. Not in technical use.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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