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From French ptomaïne, from French ptomaina, from Ancient Greek πτῶμα (ptôma, corpse).

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ptomaine (countable and uncountable, plural ptomaines)

  1. (chemistry) Any of various amines formed by putrefactive bacteria.
    • 2014 September 4, European Court of Human Rights, Dzemyuk v. Ukraine[1], number 42488/02, marginal 10:
      On 6 February 2001 the Yaremche Environmental Health Inspectorate (санітарно-епідеміологічна станція) concluded that the cemetery should not have been constructed on the VL [Vorokhtya Lisokombinat] plot in view of its proximity to residential buildings and the risk of contamination of the surrounding environment by ptomaine.
  2. (dated) food poisoning
    • 1989, Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye:
      Sandwiches arrived from outside, strange granular bread, the butter on it liquid, some sort of beige meat paste that hinted at ptomaine.

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ptomaine f

  1. plural of ptomaina