- n. potent bacterial toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that causes botulism; can be used as a bioweapon
“I have in my possession eight ampoules of botulinus toxin which I took from the Mordon Research Establishment, near Alfringham, Wiltshire, twenty-four hours ago.”
“A tank or container, for instance, with botulinus toxin — which is one of the viruses both made and stored in number one lab.”
“The rain still fell as vertically, as heavily as ever, just as heavily as when we had left that farmhouse some hours previously, where the torrential rain in conjunction with the quick evacuation of the area had robbed the botulinus toxin of all victims other than the unfortunate policeman who had died so terribly before our eyes.”
“This insistence on knocking down Mordon, this demonstration of the botulinus toxin in East Anglia, this pretence that you were unaware that three of the vials you had stolen were of the Satan Bug strain, this apparent ignorance of the effects of the Satan Bug — you had us all convinced that we were dealing with a madman.”
“The botulinus toxin oxidises after twelve hours exposure to the atmosphere and becomes harmless.”
“One of them is a derivative of the botulinus toxin — which we had developed in World War II.”
“If demolition doesn't start on Mordon by midnight he's going to break a botulinus toxin ampoule in the heart of London, at four o'clock this morning, within a quarter of a mile of New Oxford Street. ”
“I waited till Baxter and MacDonald had successfully developed an attenuated strain of the Satan Bug, a strain still deadlier than the botulinus toxin but with an oxidisation life of only twenty-four hours.”
“Give me an airplane and let me fly over London on a windless summer afternoon with no more than a gramme of botulinus toxin to scatter and by evening seven million Londoners would be dead.”
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