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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In 2015, 86 children from an unlicensed center in Montgomery received hospital treatment for food poisoning. Mike Cason,, "Lawmakers say Alabama's Child Care Safety Act will pass Thursday," 14 Mar. 2018 That said, pinpointing the cause of a food poisoning incident can be very tricky. New York Times, "How to Minimize the Risk of Food Poisoning," 28 May 2018 As of May 8, the CDC reports that one person has gotten sick in Texas from the food poisoning that has affected almost 150 people nationwide. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Texas latest state to be affected by E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, CDC says," 9 May 2018 Doctors may not be on the lookout for it as a cause of food poisoning, the FDA said. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "61 sick in parasite outbreak linked to McDonald's salads," 14 July 2018 However, lettuce has also become a major source of food poisoning. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak is finally over," 29 June 2018 The outbreak was the nation's largest E. coli food poisoning outbreak in more than a decade. CBS News, "Source of romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak identified," 29 June 2018 Botox The poison, produced by Clostridium Botulinum is mainly known from cosmetics and food poisoning. Fabian Schmidt, USA TODAY, "Ex-Russian spy attacked with unknown nerve agent. Here are the top 5 deadly poisons," 9 Mar. 2018 Many doctors are not up to speed on how to spot and handle an immune system revved up by immunotherapy, with symptoms that can mimic those of the flu, infections or even food poisoning. Laurie Mcginley, Washington Post, "New cancer treatments have perplexing side effects," 6 Mar. 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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