What does the word poisoning mean?

  • The art of applying a poisonous substance to any of the textures in a dose capable of occasioning more or less serious symptoms. Rigorously speaking, therefore, if a physician, in treating any case, employs a deleterious medicine in a small dose, which, owing to particular circumstances, produces unpleasant symptoms, he may be said to have poisoned. The term is, however, generally restricted to poisoning by design. Poisoning has also been used, by a few, to denote the series of symptoms resembling those produced by certain poisons, which occasionally follow the use of substances that are generally innoxious. Overloading the stomach with indigestible food, has, for example, given occasion to symptoms resembling those produced by a narcotic poison, and the effect has been termed poisoning. Secret poisoning was, at one time, practised as an art. It consisted in administering medicines, which should act as slow poisons, and gradually undermine the strength and life. Its agency was far from being so extensive as was imagined.

Usage examples for poisoning

  1. He goes with the best dispositions to cultivate society, without poisoning it by ill example. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  2. As it was a case of drug poisoning, the doctor had thought it best not to allow the patient to relax too completely. – The Master Mystery by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  3. No: poisoning- anyhow at second hand- wasn't in Rameses' line. – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson

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