- 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
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for food poisoning
Somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of food-poisoning cases come from food prepared and eaten at home.The Dirty Truth About Cutting Boards
September 1, 2009
But air-poisoning kills a hundred where food-poisoning kills one.Parks for the People
- 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)
- Bacterial food poisoning.
- Poisoning caused by ingesting substances, such as certain mushrooms, that contain natural toxins.
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- 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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