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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After all, these judges signed up for food tasting — not food poisoning. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Green goo and ghost peppers: When fair food entries go wrong, these judges pay the price," 16 Aug. 2019 The compound was abandoned in 1985 as authorities sought to link commune leaders and members with food poisonings, murder plots, immigration fraud and other crimes., "Guardhouse from ‘Wild Wild Country’ commune for sale at $8,000," 10 Aug. 2019 Avoid food poisoning by using an ice cooler to keep food fresh until cooked or consumed. Ramona Sentinel, "Crime Prevention Corner: 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts for a safe Ramona summer," 24 July 2019 Investigators have begun to rule out food poisoning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Animal exhibits closed at fair following E.coli death of 2-year-old boy," 29 June 2019 Critics of food safety regulation in the U.S. say the use of antimicrobial washes and sprays underscores how widespread the bacteria are in raw chicken, especially considering the persistence of food poisoning outbreaks. Washington Post, "UK worries Brexit could bring ‘chlorinated chicken’ from US," 9 Sep. 2019 That showing was only possible because former starting running back Austin Walter missed practice time with food poisoning earlier that week. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Rice coaches discuss upcoming season at THSCA convention," 23 July 2019 Nani is expected to return after his short bout with food poisoning. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Young players shine during Orlando City’s 1-0 victory over Columbus," 15 July 2019 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

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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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