ptomaine poisoning


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ptomaine poisoning

(tō`mān, tōmān`): see food poisoningfood poisoning,
acute illness following the eating of foods contaminated by bacteria, bacterial toxins, natural poisons, or harmful chemical substances. It was once customary to classify all such illnesses as "ptomaine poisoning," but it was later discovered that ptomaines, the
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Both extremes were recorded when he circled the globe in 1903 and 1904; ptomaine poisoning in Russia caused his diminution.
Harding died of an embolism while recovering from an attack of ptomaine poisoning and pneumonia, but there were rumors of foul play at the time.
"Ptomaine poisoning," by the way, is an outmoded term once used to describe gastroenteritis supposedly caused by toxic substances produced in decaying food.