food poisoning


Definition of food poisoning

: an acute gastrointestinal disorder caused by bacteria or their toxic products or by chemical residues in food

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Around 200 people were affected by apparent food poisoning and dozens were rushed to nearby hospitals after experiencing vomiting, according to the Philippine Red Cross. Regine Cabato, Washington Post, "Former first lady Imelda Marcos 90th birthday bash struck by apparent food poisoning," 3 July 2019 Imagine how many of the 48 million yearly cases of food poisoning would be avoided globally if every restaurant chain had access to that. Allyson Kapin, Quartz, "We’ve debunked tech’s “pipeline problem.” So why aren’t more women getting funding?," 24 July 2019 The team’s lack of creativity came in part from the absence of star forward Nani, who was forced to sit out the game due to a bout of food poisoning suffered on Friday. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City grinds out 1-0 win despite stagnant night against Columbus," 14 July 2019 Norovirus causes more food poisoning in the United States than any other pathogen, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What's the Most Sanitary Way to Store Your Toothbrush?," 29 Mar. 2019 But Williams had been suffering from food poisoning. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Serena Williams Stumbles in Stunning Loss at the Australian Open," 23 Jan. 2019 That said, ginger cannot prevent food poisoning or counteract ingestion of a harmful substance, so contact your physician ASAP if something requires urgent medical attention. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "8 Surprising Health Benefits of Ginger You Need to Know About," 19 Nov. 2018 More than 50 people on a trip from New York to Washington, D.C., were taken to the hospital Sunday night after about a dozen of them showed signs of food poisoning, officials said. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Dozens of tourists taken to Washington, DC, hospital for food poisoning," 2 Oct. 2018 An additional person had a probable case of food poisoning. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Sick Emirates Passengers Test Positive For Common Viruses," 6 Sep. 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of food poisoning

: sickness caused by bacteria or chemicals in food

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Medical Definition of food poisoning

1 : either of two acute gastrointestinal disorders caused by bacteria or their toxic products:
a : a rapidly developing intoxication marked by nausea, vomiting, prostration, and often severe diarrhea and caused by the presence in food of toxic products produced by bacteria (as some staphylococci)
b : a less rapidly developing infection especially with salmonellae that has generally similar symptoms and that results from multiplication of bacteria ingested with contaminated food
2 : a gastrointestinal disturbance occurring after consumption of food that is contaminated with chemical residues (as from sprays) or food (as some fungi) that is inherently unsuitable for human consumption

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