Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Food poisoning, erroneously believed to be the result of ptomaine ingestion. Not in scientific use.
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A mistaken and now obsolete term for food poisoning. Ptomaines occur in decaying proteins but the poisoning is caused by bacteria.
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