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ptomaine poisoning

noun
1.
(erroneously) food poisoning thought to be caused by ptomaine.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • Is seriously ill at his home with ptomaine poisoning.
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British Dictionary definitions for ptomaine poisoning

ptomaine poisoning

noun
1.
a popular term for food poisoning
Word Origin
C19: because ptomaines were once erroneously thought to be a cause of food poisoning
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ptomaine poisoning in Medicine

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

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