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 Salmonella is a type of bacteria that's responsible for many cases of food poisoning. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 For pilots working in close quarters with other crew members, exposure to the coronavirus was to be expected during the pandemic, on top of the usual colds, flu, food poisoning or other illnesses, and family issues that could require an absence. Author: Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Aug. 2021 Nobody wants food poisoning – or to make their guests sick. Ruth S. Macdonald, The Conversation, 21 July 2021 These bacteria normally live in our gastrointestinal tract and are associated with fecal matter and can cause food poisoning and urinary tract infections. Ada Wood, CNN, 2 Oct. 2021 Sebastian Korda, son of former Grand Slam champ Petr Korda, had to withdraw from his first-round match because of food poisoning., 4 Sep. 2021 While planning the funeral, a seizure triggered by food poisoning left England with a severe foot injury, which later led to two broken legs., 21 Aug. 2021 With a literal baby on board, your awareness of things like Zika, long-haul flights, and food poisoning are heightened. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 10 July 2021 Temperatures clawed to 130 degrees and everyone but Spielberg got waylaid by food poisoning. New York Times, 11 June 2021

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First Known Use of food poisoning

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of food poisoning was in 1856

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15 Nov 2021

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“Food poisoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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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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