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ptomaine poisoning

(erroneously) food poisoning thought to be caused by ptomaine.
Origin of ptomaine poisoning
1890-95 Unabridged
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  • 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
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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