Definitions for poisoning
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poisoning, toxic condition, intoxicationnoun
the physiological state produced by a poison or other toxic substance
the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill
The administration of a poison.
The state of being poisoned.
A poison can be any substance that is harmful to the body. It can be swallowed, inhaled, injected or absorbed through the skin. Poisoning is the harmful effect that occurs when too much of that substance has been taken. Poisoning is not to be confused with envenomation. Acute poisoning is exposure to a poison on one occasion or during a short period of time. Symptoms develop in close relation to the degree of exposure. Absorption of a poison is necessary for systemic poisoning (that is, in the blood throughout the body). In contrast, substances that destroy tissue but do not absorb, such as lye, are classified as corrosives rather than poisons. Furthermore, many common household medications are not labeled with skull and crossbones, although they can cause severe illness or even death. In the medical sense, toxicity and poisoning can be caused by less dangerous substances than those legally classified as a poison. Toxicology is the study and practice of the symptoms, mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of poisoning.Chronic poisoning is long-term repeated or continuous exposure to a poison where symptoms do not occur immediately or after each exposure. The patient gradually becomes ill, or becomes ill after a long latent period. Chronic poisoning most commonly occurs following exposure to poisons that bioaccumulate, or are biomagnified, such as mercury, gadolinium, and lead. Contact or absorption of poisons can cause rapid death or impairment. Agents that act on the nervous system can paralyze in seconds or less, and include both biologically derived neurotoxins and so-called nerve gases, which may be synthesized for warfare or industry. Inhaled or ingested cyanide, used as a method of execution in gas chambers, almost instantly starves the body of energy by inhibiting the enzymes in mitochondria that make ATP. Intravenous injection of an unnaturally high concentration of potassium chloride, such as in the execution of prisoners in parts of the United States, quickly stops the heart by eliminating the cell potential necessary for muscle contraction. Most biocides, including pesticides, are created to act as poisons to target organisms, although acute or less observable chronic poisoning can also occur in non-target organisms (secondary poisoning), including the humans who apply the biocides and other beneficial organisms. For example, the herbicide 2,4-D imitates the action of a plant hormone, which makes its lethal toxicity specific to plants. Indeed, 2,4-D is not a poison, but classified as "harmful" (EU). Many substances regarded as poisons are toxic only indirectly, by toxication. An example is "wood alcohol" or methanol, which is not poisonous itself, but is chemically converted to toxic formaldehyde and formic acid in the liver. Many drug molecules are made toxic in the liver, and the genetic variability of certain liver enzymes makes the toxicity of many compounds differ between people. Exposure to radioactive substances can produce radiation poisoning, an unrelated phenomenon.
Poisoning refers to the detrimental health effects or harm caused by the ingestion, inhalation, or absorption of a harmful substance, known as a poison. This can occur through various means, such as consuming contaminated food or beverages, being bitten by a venomous creature, inhaling toxic gases, or through skin contact with hazardous substances. The severity of poisoning can vary, ranging from minor discomfort to severe, life-threatening symptoms.
Death caused by a toxic substance either intentionally (suicide or murder) or unintentionally.
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A condition or physical state produced by the ingestion, injection or inhalation of, or exposure to a deleterious agent.
The numerical value of poisoning in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of poisoning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
I felt like poisoning a monk.
We don't believe that the patient suffered poisoning, poisons or traces of their presence in the body have not been identified. Probably, the diagnosis of' poisoning' remains somewhere in the back of our minds. But we do not believe that the patient suffered poisoning.
Slavery may, perhaps, be best compared to the infantile disease of measles; a complaint which so commonly attacks the young of humanity in their infancy, and when gone through at that period leaves behind it so few fatal marks; but which when it normally attacks the fully developed adult becomes one of the most virulent and toxic of diseases, often permanently poisoning the constitution where it does not end in death.
I know something about lead poisoning because of the work I've done in the past (with Children's Defense Fund) and as a senator from New York, we had a lot of old housing with lead paint in it. A lot of kids suffered from lead poisoning, and part of the challenge is you've got to intervene early. We need comprehensive health screenings, then we need to figure out how do we get the right nutrition and vitamins. You've got to begin to work to counteract the lead.
The most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor.
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- enverinamentCatalan, Valencian
- myrkytys, myrkyttäminenFinnish
- intoxication, empoisonnementFrench
- anpwazònmanHaitian Creole
- peracunan, keracunanMalay
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