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 [to´mān, to-mān´]

ptomaine poisoning a term commonly misapplied to food poisoning. Contrary to popular belief, ptomaines are not injurious to the human digestive system, which is quite capable of reducing them to harmless substances.

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ptomaine poisoning


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

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ptomaine poisoning

A mistaken and now obsolete term for food poisoning. Ptomaines occur in decaying proteins but the poisoning is caused by bacteria.

Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

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