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Recent Examples on the Web Swallowing more than one powerful magnet can lead the objects to attract each other inside the intestines, which can puncture holes inside the abdomen that may lead to blood poisoning. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "New Jersey boy who swallowed toy magnets needed surgery for holes in intestines," 19 Nov. 2020 The infections caused by ESBL-E. coli bacteria are a huge problem in the UK right now, with over 40,000 cases of blood poisoning from E. coli each year in England alone—10% of which are from the drug-resistant ESBL-E. coli. Samantha Lauriello,, "Not Washing Your Hands After You Poop Is More Dangerous Than Eating Raw Meat—Here's Why," 24 Oct. 2019 Sepsis, also known as septicemia, is blood poisoning caused by bacteria entering the bloodstream, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Rachel Desantis,, "Baby Found Buried Alive in India Has 'Chances' at Survival — and a Family Ready to Adopt Her," 17 Oct. 2019 Vaccination could cause blood poisoning; this was not intuitive in the age before germ theory but is no surprise to us today, as cowpox pus was harvested under far from sterile conditions and often harboured farmyard bacteria. The Economist, "The original anti-vaxxers," 30 Aug. 2019 Mora, at the University of Hawaii, described 27 different ways the body reacts to overheating, from kidney failure to blood poisoning when the gut lining disintegrates. Aryn Baker, Time, "What It’s Like Living in One of the Hottest Cities on Earth—Where It May Soon Be Uninhabitable," 12 Sep. 2019 Less fanciful hazards of vaccination were alleged to include tuberculosis, madness, blood poisoning, cancer and syphilis. The Economist, "The original anti-vaxxers," 30 Aug. 2019 When kids swallow more than one powerful magnet, the objects can attract each inside the intestines, boring holes into the abdomen that can lead to life-threatening blood poisoning. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Swallowed toys, coins, batteries spark rise in tot ER visits," 12 Apr. 2019 Corinne Suter of Switzerland was third, 0.05 behind — a remarkable result for a racer who nearly needed to have her right foot amputated last year after blood poisoning that almost went untreated when training at Stelvio, Italy. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Shiffrin wins super-G, Vonn crashes at worlds," 5 Feb. 2019

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1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Blood poisoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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medical : a serious condition in which harmful bacteria spread throughout a person's blood

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