botulism

[ boch-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈbɒtʃ əˌlɪz əm /

noun Pathology.

a sometimes fatal disease of the nervous system acquired from spoiled foods in which botulin is present, especially improperly canned or marinated foods.

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Origin of botulism

1875–80; < German Botulismus, equivalent to Latin botul(us) sausage (a source of botulin toxin) + -ismus -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for botulism

botulism
/ (ˈbɒtjʊˌlɪzəm) /

noun

severe poisoning from ingestion of botulin, which affects the central nervous system producing difficulty in swallowing, visual disturbances, and respiratory paralysis: often fatal

Word Origin for botulism

C19: first formed as German Botulismus literally: sausage poisoning, from Latin botulus sausage
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Medical definitions for botulism

botulism
[ bŏchə-lĭz′əm ]

n.

A severe, sometimes fatal food poisoning caused by ingestion of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum in improperly canned or preserved food and characterized by nausea, vomiting, disturbed vision, and paralysis.
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Scientific definitions for botulism

botulism
[ bŏchə-lĭz′əm ]

A severe, sometimes fatal food poisoning caused by eating food infected with the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which produces botulinum toxin. The bacterium grows in food that has been improperly preserved.
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Cultural definitions for botulism

botulism
[ (boch-uh-liz-uhm) ]

A severe form of food poisoning, often fatal if not treated quickly. Botulism is caused by a kind of bacterium that produces a toxin, and it is sometimes present in improperly canned or preserved foods.

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