A colorless, foul-smelling ptomaine, C4 H12 N2 , produced in decaying animal tissue by the decarboxylation of ornithine.
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.
A colorless, foul-smelling polyamine, C4 H12 N2 , produced in decaying animal tissue by the decarboxylation of ornithine.
Other Word Forms
Origin of putrescine
- Latin putrēscere to rot putrescent –ine
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition