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Cadaverine Definition:

A chemical substance formed by the decomposition of organic matter.

Related Terms: Putrescine, Cadaver, Forensic Anthropology

According to the 1999 edition of Schmidt's dictionary of attorney medical terms, cadaverine is:

"... a substance ... formed in the process of putrid decomposition of organic matter, as of the human body."

The 27th edition of Stedman's Medical Dictionary:

"Cadaverine ... a foul smelling (organic compound) formed by bacterial decarboxylation of lysine; poisonous and irritating to the skin; found in decaying meat a fish."

The 1994, 28th edition of Dorland's uses these words to define cadaverine:

"A foul smelling nitrogenous base ... produced in decaying protein material by the action of bacteria...."


  • Dorland, I., Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 28th Edition (Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1994), page 244.
  • Pugh, M., Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 27th Ed. (Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000), page 265.
  • Schmidt, J.E., Attorney's Dictionary of Medicine, Volume 4 (Newark, New Jersey: LexisNexis, 2009), page C-4

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