ptomaine poisoning


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

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Origin of ptomaine poisoning

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

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

ptomaine poisoning


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