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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
1885-90
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  • Foods such as ice-cream that are prepared with milk are also often connected with food poisoning.

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  • All the girls had food poisoning, a regular epidemic it seemed.

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  • The interesting case reported by Barber shows that there are other possibilities of food poisoning by formed bacterial poisons.

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

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  • Possibly certain definitely characterized skin diseases are due to this form of food poisoning.

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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.

  • In all cases the nervous system is strikingly affected in this form of food poisoning.

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

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  • Certain articles of food figure with special frequency in the reports of food poisoning outbreaks.

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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.)

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