botulinus

[ boch-uh-lahy-nuh s ]
/ ˌbɒtʃ əˈlaɪ nəs /

noun, plural bot·u·li·nus·es.

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

1895–1900; < New Latin: the former specific name, equivalent to Latin botul(us) a sausage (see botulism) + -inus -ine2

Related forms

bot·u·li·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for botulinum

botulinus

/ (ˌbɒtjʊˈlaɪnəs) /

noun plural -nuses

an anaerobic bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, whose toxins (botulins) cause botulism: family Bacillaceae

Word Origin for botulinus

C19: from New Latin, from Latin botulus sausage
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Medicine definitions for botulinum

botulinum

[ bŏch′ə-līnəm ]

n.

An anaerobic, rod-shaped bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) that secretes botulin and inhabits soils.
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