Botox

[boh-toks]
Trademark.
  1. 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)
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Botox

noun
  1. trademark a preparation of botulinum toxin used to treat muscle spasm and to remove wrinkles

Word Origin for Botox

C20: from bot(ulinum) (t)ox(in)
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Word Origin and History for botox

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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