food poisoning


: an acute gastrointestinal disorder caused by bacteria or their toxic products or by chemical residues in food

Examples of food poisoning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Patterson family contends the illness was consistent with food poisoning. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 31 May 2024 The symptoms, the lawsuit contends, were consistent with food poisoning. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 30 May 2024 Raw milk has been implicated in food poisoning of more than 2,500 people food poisoning over the past 20 years, with bacteria such as Campylobacter and Cryptosporidium. Chiara Eisner, NPR, 25 May 2024 In one randomized study, researchers found that 12 percent of chickens slaughtered on farms harbored Campylobacter bacteria, a common cause of food poisoning. Linda Qiu, New York Times, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for food poisoning 

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of food poisoning was in 1856

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“Food poisoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

food poisoning

: a digestive sickness caused by bacteria or by chemicals in food

Medical Definition

food poisoning

: either of two acute gastrointestinal disorders caused by bacteria or their toxic products:
: 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)
: a less rapidly developing infection especially with salmonellae that has generally similar symptoms and that results from multiplication of bacteria ingested with contaminated food
: 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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