- a soil bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, that thrives and forms botulin under anaerobic conditions.
Also bot·u·li·num [boch-uh-lahy-nuh m] /ˌbɒtʃ əˈlaɪ nəm/.
Origin of botulinus
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This "flat-sour" is not harmful and must not be confused with "botulinus," which is harmful.
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- an anaerobic bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, whose toxins (botulins) cause botulism: family Bacillaceae
C19: from New Latin, from Latin botulus sausage
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