botulism

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noun bot·u·lism \ ˈbä-chə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of botulism

:acute food poisoning that is caused by botulinum toxin produced in food by a bacterial clostridium (Clostridium botulinum) and is characterized by muscle weakness and paralysis, disturbances of vision, swallowing, and speech, and a high mortality rate

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First Known Use of botulism

1896


BOTULISM Defined for English Language Learners

botulism

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Definition of botulism for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

botulism

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noun bot·u·lism \ ˈbäch-ə-ˌliz-əm \

medical Definition of botulism

: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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