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1. An acute, often severe gastrointestinal disorder characterized by vomiting and diarrhea and caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria such as salmonella, viruses such as norovirus, or bacterial toxins, as in botulism.
2. Poisoning caused by eating food that contains natural toxins, as certain mushrooms, or that is contaminated with chemical toxins such as pesticides.
(Pathology) an acute illness typically characterized by gastrointestinal inflammation, vomiting, and diarrhoea, caused by food that is either naturally poisonous or contaminated by pathogenic bacteria (esp Salmonella)
1. any illness, as salmonellosis, caused by eating food contaminated with bacterial toxins and typically marked by severe intestinal symptoms, as diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps.
2. any illness caused by eating poisonous mushrooms, plants, fish, etc., or food containing chemical contaminants.
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|Noun||1.||food poisoning - illness caused by poisonous or contaminated food|
illness, sickness, unwellness, malady - impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
botulism - food poisoning from ingesting botulin; not infectious; affects the CNS; can be fatal if not treated promptly
mushroom poisoning - toxic condition caused by eating certain species of mushrooms (especially Amanita species)
ptomaine poisoning, ptomaine - a term for food poisoning that is no longer in scientific use; food poisoning was once thought to be caused by ingesting ptomaines
salmonellosis - a kind of food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with Salmonella typhimurium
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