botulinum

noun
bot·​u·​li·​num | \ ˌbä-chə-ˈlī-nəm How to pronounce botulinum (audio) \
variants: or less commonly botulinus \ ˌbä-​chə-​ˈlī-​nəs How to pronounce botulinum (audio) \

Definition of botulinum

: a spore-forming bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) that secretes botulinum toxin

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Other Words from botulinum

botulinal \ ˌbä-​chə-​ˈlī-​nᵊl How to pronounce botulinum (audio) \ adjective

Examples of botulinum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Popular Science, "Can you get too much Botox?," 1 Oct. 2020 Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Popular Science, "Can you get too much Botox?," 1 Oct. 2020 Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Popular Science, "Can you get too much Botox?," 1 Oct. 2020 Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Popular Science, "Can you get too much Botox?," 1 Oct. 2020 Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Popular Science, "Can you get too much Botox?," 1 Oct. 2020 Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Popular Science, "Can you get too much Botox?," 1 Oct. 2020 Botox, a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, works by weakening or paralyzing specific muscles or by blocking certain nerves. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Chrissy Teigen is using Botox to treat 'really bad pregnancy headaches'," 7 Sep. 2020 Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Popular Science, "Can you get too much Botox?," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of botulinum

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for botulinum

New Latin, from Latin botulus sausage

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The first known use of botulinum was in 1916

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“Botulinum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botulinum. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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botulinum

noun
bot·​u·​li·​num | \ ˌbäch-ə-ˈlī-nəm How to pronounce botulinum (audio) \
variants: also botulinus \ -​nəs How to pronounce botulinum (audio) \

Medical Definition of botulinum

: a spore-forming bacterium of the genus Clostridium (C. botulinum) that produces botulinum toxin

Other Words from botulinum

botulinal \ -​ˈlīn-​ᵊl How to pronounce botulinum (audio) \ adjective

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