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noun Biochemistry.
  1. a colorless, viscous, toxic ptomaine, C5H14N2, having an offensive odor, formed by the action of bacilli on meat, fish, and other protein: used in polymerization and biological research.
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Origin of cadaverine

First recorded in 1885–90; cadaver + -ine2
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Examples from the Web for cadaverine

Historical Examples

  • The precipitate contains the picrate of trimethylenediamine, mixed with the picrates of cadaverine and creatinine.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection

    Alexander Wynter Blyth

  • Cadaverine forms well-defined crystalline salts as well as compounds with metals.

  • The filtrate contains the cadaverine compound; this latter is recovered by evaporating off the ether-alcohol.

  • As stated before, it is less soluble in alcohol than the corresponding compound of cadaverine.

British Dictionary definitions for cadaverine


  1. a toxic diamine with an unpleasant smell, produced by protein hydrolysis during putrefaction of animal tissue. Formula: NH 2 (CH 2) 5 NH 2
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cadaverine in Medicine


  1. A syrupy, colorless, fuming ptomaine formed by the carboxylation of lysine by bacteria in decaying animal flesh.
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