botulism

noun
bot·​u·​lism | \ ˈbä-chə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce botulism (audio) \

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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One man in Nome died this year after contracting botulism from a potluck meal of beluga flipper. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "More people are eating marine animals—with deadly results," 22 May 2019 The lawsuit said North Korea falsely claimed Mr. Warmbier contracted botulism and then was given a sleeping pill. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Judge Orders North Korea to Pay $500 Million in Death of Otto Warmbier," 24 Dec. 2018 The lawsuit said North Korea falsely claimed Mr. Warmbier contracted botulism and then was given a sleeping pill. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Judge Orders North Korea to Pay $500 Million in Death of Otto Warmbier," 24 Dec. 2018 The lawsuit said North Korea falsely claimed Mr. Warmbier contracted botulism and then was given a sleeping pill. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Judge Orders North Korea to Pay $500 Million in Death of Otto Warmbier," 24 Dec. 2018 The lawsuit said North Korea falsely claimed Mr. Warmbier contracted botulism and then was given a sleeping pill. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Judge Orders North Korea to Pay $500 Million in Death of Otto Warmbier," 24 Dec. 2018 The lawsuit said North Korea falsely claimed Mr. Warmbier contracted botulism and then was given a sleeping pill. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Judge Orders North Korea to Pay $500 Million in Death of Otto Warmbier," 24 Dec. 2018 The lawsuit said North Korea falsely claimed Mr. Warmbier contracted botulism and then was given a sleeping pill. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Judge Orders North Korea to Pay $500 Million in Death of Otto Warmbier," 24 Dec. 2018 The group hoarded automatic weapons and recruited scientists as members to help develop chemical and biological weapons including sarin, VX, botulism and anthrax, according to Japan's National Police Agency. Author: Stuart Biggs, Gearoid Reidy, Anchorage Daily News, "Japan executes cult leader and 6 others for deadly 1995 sarin attack," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of botulism

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of botulism was in 1896

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botulism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of botulism

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

botulism

noun
bot·​u·​lism | \ ˈbäch-ə-ˌliz-əm How to pronounce botulism (audio) \

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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