Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several potent neurotoxins produced by botulinum and resistant to proteolytic digestion.

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  • n. An extremely potent nerve toxin produced by the anaerobic bacteria Clostridium botulinum. Ingesting botulin results in the serious medical condition of botulism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. potent bacterial toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that causes botulism; can be used as a bioweapon

Etymologies

Latin botulus, sausage (a common source of contamination) + -in.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Considered a pest, it is being poisoned over large expanses of its range across the Tibetan plateau using grain laced with botulin poison? at a cost of US$925m since 2006.

    Biodiversity 100: actions for Asia

  • Repeated like a mantra by Administration officials was the claim that Saddam Hussein possessed "26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulin, one and a half tons of nerve agent VX, and 6,500 aerial chemical bombs."

    Joseph A. Palermo: An Unsanitized Look at the Origins of the Iraq War

  • Aum experimented with botulin toxin, anthrax, cholera, Q fever and the Ebola virus.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Operatives tried to release botulin near the Diet in 1990, and near the imperial palace in 1993.

    Wired Top Stories

  • This included chemical and biological weapons (botulin poison, weapon-grade anthrax, and mustard gas components were among U.S. military shipments).

    Unintended Consequences

  • Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult whose 1995 nerve-gas attack killed a dozen people on a Tokyo subway, was reportedly stockpiling anthrax and botulin toxin -- two of the deadliest known germ-warfare agents -- and U.S. extremists seem to be following the group's example.

    The Terrors Of Toxins

  • Western analysts believe that Iraq does not possess the capability to put botulin toxin in the aerosolized form necessary to rain it onto enemy troops.

    The Germ Warfare Alert

  • US Department of Commerce approves shipment of weapons grade botulin poison to Iraq.

    Think Progress » VIDEO: Rumsfeld Called Out On Lies About WMD

  • I secrete botulin toxin which is carried to your nerves.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Absent Iraq's full compliance the way South Africa did, the world can have no confidence Saddam Hussein has got rid of the VX gas, the sarin gas, the botulin, the anthrax, the mustard gas that the United Nations reported that he had in his possession at the end of the 1990s.

    CNN Transcript Jan 24, 2003

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