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food poisoning

noun
1.
an acute gastrointestinal condition characterized by such symptoms as headache, fever, chills, abdominal and muscular pain, nausea, diarrhea, and prostration, caused by foods that are naturally toxic, as poisonous mushrooms, by vegetable foods that are chemically contaminated, as by insecticides, or by bacteria or their toxins, especially of the genus Salmonella.
Origin of food poisoning
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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  • All the girls had food poisoning, a regular epidemic it seemed.

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  • "There was that food poisoning before," Pietro said suddenly.

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  • The danger of arresting the elimination of the poison in all cases of food poisoning can not be too emphatically condemned.

  • Very indirect and imperfect indications of the prevalence of certain kinds of food poisoning are afforded by casual press reports.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • Possibly certain definitely characterized skin diseases are due to this form of food poisoning.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • Bearing directly on this question is the discussion concerning the distribution of the food poisoning bacilli in nature.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • The evidence upon which this bacillus is regarded as the cause of food poisoning is not altogether convincing.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • So far as the existing evidence goes, the question of the responsibility of this organism for food poisoning is still an open one.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • In all cases the nervous system is strikingly affected in this form of food poisoning.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
British Dictionary definitions for food poisoning

food poisoning

noun
1.
an acute illness typically characterized by gastrointestinal inflammation, vomiting, and diarrhoea, caused by food that is either naturally poisonous or contaminated by pathogenic bacteria (esp Salmonella)
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food poisoning in Medicine

food poisoning n.

  1. Bacterial food poisoning.

  2. Poisoning caused by ingesting substances, such as certain mushrooms, that contain natural toxins.

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food poisoning in Science
food poisoning  
An acute gastrointestinal disorder characterized by vomiting and diarrhea, caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria, usually of the genus Salmonella or the genus Staphylococcus, which produces a toxin.
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food poisoning in Culture

food poisoning definition


Illnesses that arise from eating food contaminated with pathogenic or toxic (see toxins) substances. Characterized by vomiting and diarrhea, food poisoning is often caused by bacteria, such as salmonella or staphylococci. (See botulism.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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