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Poison

   A substance that causes illness or death when eaten, drunk or absorbed into the body.

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Death
1. The end of life. The cessation of life. (These common definitions of death ultimately depend upon the definition of life, upon which there is no consensus.) 2. The permanent cessation of all vital bodily functions. (This definition depends upon the definition of "vital bodily functions.") See: Vital bodily functions. 3. The common law standard for determining death is the cessation of all vital functions, traditionally demonstrated by "an absence of spontaneous respiratory and cardiac functions." 4. The uniform determination of death.



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Any of several lung diseases caused by inhaling particles of industrial substances.

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Acute inflammation or infection of the lungs.

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The buildup of air or gas in the chest cavity. May cause lung collapse.

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The branch of medicine that pertains to the foot and its ailments.

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An acute, infectious disease that attacks the central nervous system. Sometimes causes paralysis that can result in permanent deformities. Vaccines are available. Also called polio.

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Polydipsia
Excessive thirst.

Polyhidrosis
Excessive sweating.

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