Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chronic lead poisoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A diseased condition, produced by the absorption of lead, common among workers in this metal or in its compounds, as among painters, typesetters, etc. It is characterized by various symptoms, as lead colic, lead line, and wrist drop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A diseased condition, produced by the absorption of lead, common among workers in this metal or in its compounds, as among painters, typesetters, etc. It is characterized by various symptoms, as lead colic, lead line, and wrist drop. See under colic, lead, and wrist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lead-poisoning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. toxic condition produced by the absorption of excessive lead into the system

Etymologies

From Latin plumbum, lead.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And soon enough, I would have an even greater appreciation for the word plumbism, meaning lead poisoning.

    Flushed

  • Symptoms of "plumbism" or lead poisoning were already apparent as early as the first century B.C.

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  • Others have suggested that "plumbism" among the Roman elite - whose fancy food and wine was laced with lead leached from cooking equipment

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  • Others have suggested that "plumbism" among the Roman elite - whose fancy food and wine was laced with lead leached from cooking equipment - contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire.

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  • "plumbism" was described by a Greek poet-physician more than 200 years ago.

    Chapter 13

  • If it weren't for plumbism he'd have gotten up and left by now.

    One Night Below Climax

  • Thanks to my bout of plumbism, I never got around to figuring out how the Romans joined their pipes in situ, but, while still a bit ditzy, I did fly off to England to visit the old Roman bathhouse in Bath so I could see a bona fide Roman lead water pipe.

    Flushed

  • A Roman man, to be exact, about fifty years of age and dead of — plumbism?

    In the Garden of Iden

  • Many people survive plumbism, albeit with diminished motor and mental function.

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  • I have an even greater problem with the mantra from the Safari Club and the gun lobby that all evidence of plumbism-by-bullet has been fabricated as part of a plot to disarm America.

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