[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for botulinus

  • So you see, there is nothing at all alarming about that frightful sounding word "botulinus."

    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) /

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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