food poisoning

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.

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food poisoning
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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Medical Dictionary

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  
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 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.)

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Example sentences
He contracted food poisoning and died soon afterwards.
The symptoms of food poisoning often don't appear for days after the
  contaminated meal was eaten.
So, let's make some progress in stopping food poisoning and then later pick out
  the new stationery.
Only an insulated nylon bag with a cold pack inside would adequately insure
  against spoilage-induced food poisoning.
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