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ptomaine

Pronunciation: to'man, to-man'

Definition: An indefinite term applied to poisonous substances (toxic amines) formed in the decomposition of protein by the decarboxylation of amino acids by bacterial action.

Synonym(s): ptomatine

[G. ptoma, a corpse]

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