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poisoningpoi‧son‧ing /ˈpɔɪzənɪŋ/ noun [countable, uncountable]  1 MIILLillness caused by swallowing, touching, or breathing in a poisonous substancealcohol/lead/radiation etc poisoning (=caused by a particular substance) a case of alcohol poisoning2 the act of giving poison to someone An autopsy revealed no evidence of poisoning. food poisoning
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poisoningThat was what a poisoning was: death by remote control.Most of what is known about acute aluminium poisoning comes from studying patients treated for kidney failure by dialysis.She had fallen ill following a dinner at her son's house and had shown symptoms of arsenic poisoning.As far as Greenpeace is concerned - unless the rot is stopped now rivers like the Severn are doomed to slow death by poisoning.But the Consumers' Association wants tougher action on food hygiene, to fully protect consumers from the risk of food poisoning.Food poisoning was suspected and links suggested with mushrooms served at the Green Dragon pub.There was no evidence of poisoning in the death of John Wallace.This led detectives to conclude that three of the four dead children had suffered potassium poisoning.Rumours circulate of bombs in New York's subway system, and the poisoning of water wells.alcohol/lead/radiation etc poisoningThe 32-year-old bachelor finally collapsed unconscious, killed by alcohol poisoning.Some historians consider lead poisoning a major cause of the fall of the Roman Empire.More than 20 animals, mostly calves, have died from lead poisoning.Swans suffer from lead poisoning that comes from anglers' weights.They said we finally found out why our cattle are dying of lead poisoning on the range.There was the woman whose daughter was exhibiting signs of lead poisoning.Certain deficiencies, of vitamins or iodine, can be harmful, and there are serious dangers from mercurial or lead poisoning.Severe lead poisoning is a cause of intellectual impairment.
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