Definition of lead poisoning in English:

lead poisoning


  • Acute or chronic poisoning due to the absorption of lead into the body.

    Also called plumbism
    • ‘Such a lead content is sufficient to cause chronic lead poisoning if it is applied regularly over the eyelids, especially during childhood.’
    • ‘Strategies for the primary prevention of lead poisoning have only been implemented within the past 25 years.’
    • ‘In these days when so many men are using cutting torches, the physician must be on the watch for acute lead poisoning.’
    • ‘They have poorer oral hygiene, more lead poisoning, more asthma, poorer nutrition, and less-adequate pediatric care.’
    • ‘Children with lead poisoning are prone to neurotoxicity, although the mechanism is not well understood.’
    • ‘The United States can ill-afford growing sites of endemic disease, lead poisoning, and mental illness.’
    • ‘Acknowledged as an occupational disease, lead poisoning is a disabling illness.’
    • ‘Some people's genes are more susceptible to lead poisoning… but lead poisoning isn't healthy for anyone.’
    • ‘Some experts believe the toxins in our drinking water are the number one health threat causing cancer, heart disease and lead poisoning.’
    • ‘The management of lead poisoning remains challenging.’
    • ‘Other causes of encephalitis include influenza, listeriosis, brucellosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, whooping cough, rabies and lead poisoning.’
    • ‘Iron deficiency can also lead to better absorption of lead, which increases the risk of lead poisoning in children, especially those living in older homes.’
    • ‘Anyone can get lead poisoning but some children are at greater risk.’
    • ‘Lead builds up in the tissues, and chronic lead poisoning can cause mental retardation and sterility.’
    • ‘They add that relying on asking parents about the age of their home to determine which children should be screened for lead poisoning is inadequate.’
    • ‘In all core cities, the main housing units most likely to be a source of lead poisoning are rental units frequently owned by persons who live out of town.’
    • ‘Less common causes of microcytosis are thalassemia and lead poisoning.’
    • ‘Many children exposed to the exhaust fumes from such petrol suffered chronic lead poisoning.’
    • ‘We used the same analytic strategy to examine environmental risk factors for lead poisoning in the subsample of children.’
    • ‘Children can get lead poisoning by chewing on pieces of peeling paint or by swallowing house dust or soil that contains tiny chips of the leaded paint from these buildings.’


lead poisoning

/ˌled ˈpoizəniNG//ˌlɛd ˈpɔɪzənɪŋ/