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

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 An obituary on Tuesday about Alan Scott, the doctor behind the medical use of Botox, referred incorrectly to Clostridium botulinum. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, the toxin attacks the nerves and even in minute quantities can cause muscle paralysis and death. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 Clostridium botulinum poisoning in humans can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Mike Wehner, BGR, 18 May 2021 Clostridium botulinum poisoning in humans can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Mike Wehner, BGR, 18 May 2021 Botox injections, made from the toxin in the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, continue to be widely used in medicine, both cosmetically as well as functionally. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Clostridium botulinum poisoning in humans can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Mike Wehner, BGR, 18 May 2021 Clostridium botulinum poisoning in humans can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Mike Wehner, BGR, 18 May 2021 Clostridium botulinum poisoning in humans can begin from six hours to two weeks after eating food that contains the toxin. Mike Wehner, BGR, 18 May 2021 See More

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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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“Botulinum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botulinum. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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