[ boch-uh-lahy-nuhs ]

noun,plural bot·u·li·nus·es.
  1. a soil bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, that thrives and forms botulin under anaerobic conditions.

Origin of botulinus

1895–1900; <New Latin: the former specific name, equivalent to Latin botul(us) a sausage (see botulism) + -inus-ine2
  • Also bot·u·li·num [boch-uh-lahy-nuhm]. /ˌbɒtʃ əˈlaɪ nəm/.

Other words from botulinus

  • bot·u·li·nal, adjective

Words Nearby botulinus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use botulinus in a sentence

  • Guinea-pigs and mice are very susceptible to infection by B. botulinus by this method; rabbits less so.

  • Next to nothing is known as to how widely B. botulinus is distributed.

    Food Poisoning | Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • So you see, there is nothing at all alarming about that frightful sounding word "botulinus."

    Every Step in Canning | Grace Viall Gray
  • The fear of getting botulinus bacteria from eating canned meat is just a "bug-a-boo."

    Every Step in Canning | Grace Viall Gray
  • This "flat-sour" is not harmful and must not be confused with "botulinus," which is harmful.

    Every Step in Canning | Grace Viall Gray

British Dictionary definitions for botulinus


/ (ˌbɒtjʊˈlaɪnəs) /

nounplural -nuses
  1. an anaerobic bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, whose toxins (botulins) cause botulism: family Bacillaceae

Origin of botulinus

C19: from New Latin, from Latin botulus sausage

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