plum·​bism | \ ˈpləm-ˌbi-zəm How to pronounce plumbism (audio) \

Definition of plumbism

: lead poisoning especially when chronic

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Recent Examples on the Web But that happens to be my topic here – plumbism is the old-fashioned term for lead poisoning, which plagued the Roman empire and continues to plague us today. Deborah Blum, WIRED, "Plumb Crazy," 8 Mar. 2012

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First Known Use of plumbism

1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plumbism

Latin plumbum lead

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The first known use of plumbism was in 1842

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“Plumbism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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plum·​bism | \ ˈpləm-ˌbiz-əm How to pronounce plumbism (audio) \

Medical Definition of plumbism

: lead poisoning especially : chronic lead poisoning

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