ptomaine-poisoning

ptomaine poisoning

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

Origin:
1890–95

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ptomaine poisoning
 
n
a popular term for food poisoning
 
[C19: because ptomaines were once erroneously thought to be a cause of food poisoning]

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

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