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ptomaine poisoning

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noun
  1. (erroneously) food poisoning thought to be caused by ptomaine.
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Origin of ptomaine poisoning

First recorded in 1890–95
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Related Words for ptomaine poisoning

botulism, salmonella

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Historical Examples of ptomaine poisoning

  • Johnny had evidently never heard of ptomaine-poisoning, for nothing came amiss.

    Johnny Bear

    E. T. Seton


British Dictionary definitions for ptomaine poisoning

ptomaine poisoning

noun
  1. a popular term for food poisoning
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Word Origin for ptomaine poisoning

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