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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • The consequences I suffered were those of ptomaine poisoning.

  • Humph, I suppose you know they grow on sewers and people who eat them die of ptomaine poisoning?

    Fanny Goes to War Pat Beauchamp
  • If Mills has ptomaine poisoning, nothing has happened, the doctor said.

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
  • One night, while it was his watch on deck, he got hold of a tin of salmon which gave him ptomaine poisoning.

  • Look here, Jackwell, he went on sharply, are you trying to pull some of that ptomaine poisoning stuff again?

  • I faintly asked if she thought it was a very old one, visions of ptomaine poisoning rising vividly.

    The Smiling Hill-Top Julia M. Sloane
  • Mrs. Norton gave the talk a more practical turn by bringing up the topic of ptomaine poisoning.

    Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
  • And so, he's all tied up in knots with ptomaine poisoning and I've got to straighten him out.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells
  • Later on Tom declared that he felt very uncomfortable and that he was certain he had ptomaine poisoning.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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