My*da"le*ine\, n. [Gr. ? to be clammy (from decay).] (Physiol. Chem.) A toxic alkaloid (ptomaine) obtained from putrid flesh and from herring brines. As a poison it is said to execute profuse diarrh[oe]a, vomiting, and intestinal inflammation. --Brieger.
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