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lead poisoning

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lead poisoning or plumbism plŭm´bĭz˝əm [key], intoxication of the system by organic compounds containing lead . These enter the body by respiration (of dust, fumes, or sprays) or by ingestion of food or other substances that contain lead. Lead poisoning, formerly a leading occupational hazard in industrialized countries, can be an acute episode but is usually a chronic, cumulative disease brought about by continuous exposure.

See also occupational disease .

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