- (erroneously) food poisoning thought to be caused by ptomaine.
Origin of ptomaine poisoning
First recorded in 1890–95
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Johnny had evidently never heard of ptomaine-poisoning, for nothing came amiss.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
- a popular term for food poisoning
C19: because ptomaines were once erroneously thought to be a cause of food poisoning
- Food poisoning, erroneously believed to be the result of ptomaine ingestion. Not in technical use.