botulinum toxin

noun

Definition of botulinum toxin

: a neurotoxin formed by botulinum that causes botulism and that is injected in a purified form for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes (as to treat blepharospasm and reduce wrinkles)

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Recent Examples on the Web If botulinum toxin and oral meds don’t improve the symptoms of cervical dystonia, another option may be deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird, Dies of Dystonia. What Is That?," 9 Dec. 2019 According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin procedures have increased 28 percent since 2010 amongst 20 to 29-year-olds. Chloe Atkins, Vogue, "Preventative Botox in Your 20s Is Real—But It Could Be Aging You," 4 Sep. 2019 Botox, or botulinum toxin, cannot be imported into the U.S. without proper documentation, the release states. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Illegal Botox manifested as 'leggings' seized at DHL," 14 Nov. 2019 According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin procedures have increased 28 percent since 2010 amongst 20 to 29-year-olds. Chloe Atkins, Vogue, "Preventative Botox in Your 20s Is Real—But It Could Be Aging You," 4 Sep. 2019 Cosmetic botulinum toxin therapy, aka neurotoxin injectables, work to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles underneath. Allure, "Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Botox (But Were Afraid to Ask)," 21 Oct. 2019 According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin procedures have increased 28 percent since 2010 amongst 20 to 29-year-olds. Chloe Atkins, Vogue, "Preventative Botox in Your 20s Is Real—But It Could Be Aging You," 4 Sep. 2019 According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin procedures have increased 28 percent since 2010 amongst 20 to 29-year-olds. Chloe Atkins, Vogue, "Preventative Botox in Your 20s Is Real—But It Could Be Aging You," 4 Sep. 2019 According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin procedures have increased 28 percent since 2010 amongst 20 to 29-year-olds. Chloe Atkins, Vogue, "Preventative Botox in Your 20s Is Real—But It Could Be Aging You," 4 Sep. 2019

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Botulinum toxin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/botulinum%20toxin. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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botulinum toxin

noun
variants: also botulinus toxin

Medical Definition of botulinum toxin

: a very powerful neurotoxin that causes botulism and is produced by the botulinum bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) also : botulinum toxin type a

Note: Botulinum toxin acts primarily on the parasympathetic nervous system.

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