(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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Examples from the Web for 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
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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Medicine definitions for ptomaine poisoning
Food poisoning, erroneously believed to be the result of ptomaine ingestion. Not in technical use.
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