lead poisoning


Definition of lead poisoning

: chronic intoxication that is produced by the absorption of lead into the system and is characterized especially by fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, anemia, a dark line along the gums, and muscular paralysis or weakness of limbs

called also saturnism

Examples of lead poisoning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawyers for the defendant companies told jurors that politicians and bureaucrats were to blame for the lead poisoning — not them. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 28 Feb. 2022 Water pollution accounted for 1.4 million deaths, while lead poisoning took close to a million lives. Kasha Patel, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Crystal Luster with her then 2-year-old daughter, who was being treated for lead poisoning at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., in 2017. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, 11 May 2022 In testimony before the Public Health Committee in March, doctor after doctor described the dire and discriminatory landscape of lead poisoning. Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 Another primary concern is the growing numbers in chemical and heavy metal pollution, particularly lead poisoning. Bydr. Rebecca Fujimura, ABC News, 17 May 2022 The scavenger was once widespread but had virtually disappeared by the 1970s because of poaching, lead poisoning from eating animals shot by hunters and destruction of its habitat. CBS News, 4 May 2022 Meet Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb’s new chief strategy officer, Bradford Davy, a 34-year-old native who Courtney Astolfi reports will be addressing racial inequities and lead poisoning, among Bibb’s other initiatives. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 22 Feb. 2022 There have been no child deaths linked to lead poisoning since October 2021. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lead poisoning

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Lead poisoning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20poisoning. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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Medical Definition of lead poisoning

: a serious acute or chronic condition that is caused by exposure and absorption of lead (such as lead carbonate) and is characterized by variable symptoms including fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, impaired cognitive development or function, joint and muscle pain, loss of appetite, anemia, a dark line along the gums, encephalopathy, seizures, paralysis, and kidney damage

called also plumbism, saturnism

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