botulism

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English[edit]

A photomicrograph of Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

Etymology[edit]

From German Botulismus, from Latin botulus(sausage), the first identified source of the disease

Noun[edit]

botulism (usually uncountable, plural botulisms)

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  1. (pathology) Poisoning caused by the toxin from Clostridium botulinum, a type of anaerobic bacteria that grows in improperly-prepared food.

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