plum·​bism ˈpləm-ˌbi-zəm How to pronounce plumbism (audio)
: lead poisoning especially when chronic

Examples of plumbism in a Sentence

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, 8 Mar. 2012

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Word History


Latin plumbum lead

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plumbism was in 1842

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“Plumbism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


plum·​bism ˈpləm-ˌbiz-əm How to pronounce plumbism (audio)
: lead poisoning
especially : chronic lead poisoning

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