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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Recent Examples on the Web Food poisoning isn’t a rare thing—about 48 million people in the U.S. have food poisoning each year, the NIDDK says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Food Poisoning or Stomach Flu: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes of Each," 30 Sep. 2020 Before last year’s regional, Sophia had food poisoning. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "In the genes: Two Park Tudor sophomores upholding family tradition of Kennedys, Farleys," 22 Oct. 2020 Local surfers were the first to spot that something was wrong at Khalaktyr beach after about 20 people in a surf camp experienced severe retina burns and symptoms similar to food poisoning. Mary Ilyushina, CNN, "A suspected toxic spill in Russia's Far East has killed 95% of marine life on the seabed," 7 Oct. 2020 After possible food poisoning, his train was diverted to San Francisco. Amy Mckeever And David Beard, National Geographic, "How past U.S. presidents have battled illness in office," 2 Oct. 2020 For the fifth, Steele dealt with what was thought to be food poisoning. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "How the Cowboys' mix-and-match offensive line is preparing for its toughest test yet," 1 Oct. 2020 So yes, the stomach flu can be a type of food poisoning. Korin Miller, SELF, "Food Poisoning or Stomach Flu: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes of Each," 30 Sep. 2020 Because the acid in the food kills microorganisms that can lead to spoilage, bacterial growth, and the risk of food poisoning (including botulism). Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, "Here's everything you need to know about canning and an easy pickle recipe to get started," 15 Sep. 2020 Epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when h came down with what appeared to be a severe case of food poisoning. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Los Lobos, livestreamed from the Belly Up, felt like the real deal," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of food poisoning

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Food poisoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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