Putrescine definition

pyo͝o-trĕsēn
A colorless, foul-smelling ptomaine, C4 H12 N2 , produced in decaying animal tissue by the decarboxylation of ornithine.
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A foul-smelling compound, NH2(CH2)4NH2, produced by bacterial fermentation of protein and in the normal metabolism of mammals: it is a precursor of spermine.
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A colorless, foul-smelling polyamine, C4 H12 N2 , produced in decaying animal tissue by the decarboxylation of ornithine.
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A diamine, NH2(CH2)4NH2 (1,4-diaminobutane or butanediamine). It is produced by the breakdown of amino acids in living and dead organisms.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
putrescine
Plural:
putrescines

Origin of putrescine

  • Latin putrēscere to rot putrescent –ine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition