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cadaverine n : a colorless toxic ptomaine with an unpleasant odor formed during the putrefaction of animal tissue

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Noun

  1. A foul-smelling diamine produced by protein hydrolysis during putrefaction of animal tissue. Cadaverine is a toxic diamine with the formula NH2(CH2)5NH2. Cadaverine is also known by the names 1,5-pentanediamine and pentamethylenediamine.

Extensive Definition

Cadaverine is a foul-smelling molecule produced by protein hydrolysis during putrefaction of animal tissue. Cadaverine is a toxic diamine with the formula NH2(CH2)5NH2, which is similar to putrescine. Cadaverine is also known by the names 1,5-pentanediamine and pentamethylenediamine.

Production

Cadaverine is the decarboxylation product of the amino acid lysine.
However, this diamine is not purely associated with putrefaction. It is also produced in small quantities by living beings. It is partially responsible for the distinctive smell of urine and semen.

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cadaverine in Catalan: Cadaverina
cadaverine in Czech: Kadaverin
cadaverine in German: 1,5-Diaminopentan
cadaverine in Spanish: Cadaverina
cadaverine in French: Cadavérine
cadaverine in Galician: Cadaverina
cadaverine in Italian: Cadaverina
cadaverine in Japanese: カダベリン
cadaverine in Polish: Kadaweryna
cadaverine in Portuguese: Cadaverina
cadaverine in Russian: Кадаверин
cadaverine in Finnish: kadaveriini
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