a foul-smelling compound, NH(CH)NH, produced by bacterial fermentation of protein and in the normal metabolism of mammals: it is a precursor of spermine
Origin of putrescine; from Classical Latin putrescere (see putrescent) + -ine
A colorless, foul-smelling ptomaine, C4H12N2, produced in decaying animal tissue by the decarboxylation of ornithine.
Origin of putrescineLatin putr&emacron;scere, to rot; see putrescent + –ine2.
(countable and uncountable, plural putrescines)
- A diamine, NH2(CH2)4NH2 (1,4-diaminobutane or butanediamine). It is produced by the breakdown of amino acids in living and dead organisms.