lead poisoning

[ led ]
/ lɛd /
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noun

Pathology.
  1. a toxic condition produced by ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption of lead or lead compounds, resulting in various dose-related symptoms including anemia, nausea, muscle weakness, confusion, blindness, and coma.
  2. Also called plumbism, saturnism.this condition occurring in adults whose work involves contact with lead products.
Slang. death or injury inflicted by a bullet or shot.

Nearby words

  1. lead off,
  2. lead on,
  3. lead one to,
  4. lead oxide,
  5. lead pencil,
  6. lead screw,
  7. lead sheet,
  8. lead tetraethyl,
  9. lead the way,
  10. lead time

Origin of lead poisoning

First recorded in 1875–80

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British Dictionary definitions for lead poisoning

lead poisoning

/ (lɛd) /

noun

Also called: plumbism, saturnism acute or chronic poisoning by lead or its salts, characterized by abdominal pain, vomiting, convulsions, and coma
US slang death or injury resulting from being shot with bullets
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Medicine definitions for lead poisoning

lead poisoning

[ lĕd ]

n.

Acute or chronic poisoning by lead or any of its salts, with the acute form marked by gastroenteritis and encephalopathy and the chronic form characterized by anemia and damage to the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system.saturnism

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