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[boh-toks] /ˈboʊ tɒks/
a purified form of botulinum, a neurotoxin causing botulism, injected in minute amounts especially to treat muscle spasms and relax facial muscles in order to reduce wrinkles.
Origin of Botox
1980-85; blend of bo(tulinus) or bo(tulin) and tox(in) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Botox


trademark a preparation of botulinum toxin used to treat muscle spasm and to remove wrinkles
Word Origin
C20: from bot(ulinum) (t)ox(in)
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Contemporary definitions for Botox

trademark for a highly purified preparation of botulinum toxin Type A, used to cosmetically remove wrinkles and to treat some muscle conditions, such as spasms


Botox smoothes frown lines temporarily.

Word Origin

Botulinum Toxin

Usage Note

medicine; Botoxed adj's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for Botox

a commercial name for botulinum toxin, and composed of elements from those words, approved in U.S. as a temporary cosmetic injection in 2002.

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