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botulinus

[ boch-uh-lahy-nuhs ]
/ ˌbɒtʃ əˈlaɪ nəs /
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noun, plural bot·u·li·nus·es.
a soil bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, that thrives and forms botulin under anaerobic conditions.
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Also bot·u·li·num [boch-uh-lahy-nuhm]. /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

OTHER WORDS FROM botulinus

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

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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