Definition of poisoning noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɔɪzənɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔɪzənɪŋ//
    [uncountable, countable]
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  1. 1the fact or state of having swallowed or absorbed poison a series of deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning At least 10 000 children are involved in accidental poisonings every year.
  2. 2the act of killing or harming somebody/something by giving them poison The police suspected poisoning. The rats were controlled by poisoning. see also blood poisoning, food poisoning
  3. Extra examples I had severe food poisoning. Listeria can cause fatal blood poisoning. My mother had blood poisoning. a bad case of food poisoning to protect children from accidental poisoning food/​blood poisoning
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: poisoning