lead poisoning

[ led ]

  1. Pathology.

    • 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.

    • Also called plumbism, saturnism. this condition occurring in adults whose work involves contact with lead products.

  2. Slang. death or injury inflicted by a bullet or shot.

Origin of lead poisoning

First recorded in 1875–80

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British Dictionary definitions for lead poisoning

lead poisoning

/ (lɛd) /

  1. Also called: plumbism, saturnism acute or chronic poisoning by lead or its salts, characterized by abdominal pain, vomiting, convulsions, and coma

  2. US slang death or injury resulting from being shot with bullets

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