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 Maniilaq staff members and an ad hoc seal oil task force worked for more than five years with two universities to develop a way to eliminate the botulinum toxin without dramatically changing the taste or reducing the nutritional value of seal oil. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, "Cultural ‘big deal’: Seal oil makes the menu at Kotzebue elder-care home," 17 Feb. 2021 Maniiliq staff members and an ad hoc seal oil task force worked for more than five years with two universities to develop a way to eliminate the botulinum toxin without dramatically changing the taste or reducing the nutritional value of seal oil. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "Cultural 'big deal': Seal oil makes menu at Alaska care home," 16 Feb. 2021 Xeomin contains botulinum toxin type A, a protein purified from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Leah Groth, Health.com, "What Is Xeomin? Gwyneth Paltrow Uses the Anti-Wrinkle Injectable That's 'Cleaner' Than Botox," 18 Sep. 2020 Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a restricted product that must have proper documentation in order to be shipped to the U.S. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "U.S. Customs: Over $35,000 worth of counterfeit Botox seized in Cincinnati," 28 Aug. 2020 Botox, or botulinum toxin, is restricted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and cannot be imported into the U.S. without proper documentation, the release states. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "U.S. Customs: $24,000 worth of counterfeit Botox seized in Cincinnati," 31 July 2020 Alexiades, Idriss, and Subbio sculpt with botulinum toxins and illuminate with hyaluronic acids. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Innovative New Ways Surgeons Are Using Injectables to Sculpt the Human Face," 15 Jan. 2020 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

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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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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