food poisoning

noun
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of food poisoning

1856


FOOD POISONING Defined for English Language Learners

food poisoning

noun

Definition of food poisoning for English Language Learners

  • : sickness caused by bacteria or chemicals in food


Medical Dictionary

food poisoning

noun

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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