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Ptomaine Poisoning

PTOMAINE POISONING (Gr. imo;ua, corpse), a phrase now popularized in the sense of a certain class of food-poisoning. The word " ptomaine " was invented by the Italian chemist Selmi for the basic substances produced in putrefaction. They belong to several classes of chemical compounds. (See MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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