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

First recorded in 1890–95

Words nearby ptomaine poisoning

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British Dictionary definitions for ptomaine poisoning

ptomaine poisoning

noun
a popular term for food poisoning

Word Origin for ptomaine poisoning

C19: because ptomaines were once erroneously thought to be a cause of food poisoning
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