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

Definition of plumbism

: 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, "Plumb Crazy," 8 Mar. 2012

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'plumbism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of plumbism

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plumbism

Latin plumbum lead

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about plumbism

Statistics for plumbism

Time Traveler for plumbism

The first known use of plumbism was in 1854

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for plumbism


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

Medical Definition of plumbism

: lead poisoning especially : chronic lead poisoning

More from Merriam-Webster on plumbism Encyclopedia article about plumbism

Comments on plumbism

What made you want to look up plumbism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an agreement to stop fighting a war

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Confusing Words—A Quiz

  • alice with tweedle dee and tweedle dum
  • I invented a brand new toaster robot and ______ it "Sir Toasts-a-Lot."
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!