American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Acute or chronic poisoning by lead or any of its salts, with the acute form causing severe gastroenteritis and encephalopathy and the chronic form causing anemia and damage to the gastrointestinal tract and nervous system. Also called saturnism.
- n. A chronic intoxication that is produced by the absorption of lead into the body and is characterized by severe colicky pains, a dark line along the gums, and local muscular paralysis.
- n. toxic condition produced by the absorption of excessive lead into the system
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