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botulism

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noun bot·u·lism \ˈbä-chə-ˌli-zəm\

Simple Definition of botulism

  • : a serious illness that is caused by eating food that has not been preserved correctly and that is filled with bacteria

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of botulism

  1. :  an acute paralytic disease caused by botulinum toxin especially in food

1887

First Known Use of botulism

1887

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Medical Dictionary

botulism

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noun bot·u·lism \ˈbäch-ə-ˌliz-əm\

Medical Definition of botulism

  1. :  acute food poisoning caused by botulinum toxin produced in food by a bacterium of the genus Clostridium (C. botulinum) and characterized by muscle weakness and paralysis, disturbances of vision, swallowing, and speech, and a high mortality rate—see botulinum toxin, limberneck




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