from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A severe, sometimes fatal food poisoning caused by ingestion of food containing botulin and characterized by nausea, vomiting, disturbed vision, muscular weakness, and fatigue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Poisoning caused by the toxin from Clostridium botulinum, a type of anaerobic bacteria that grows in improperly-prepared food.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Poisoning with ptomaïnes of decomposing meat, especially potted meat or sausage, referable to a toxin produced by the Bacillus botulinus. Also botulismus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. food poisoning from ingesting botulin; not infectious; affects the CNS; can be fatal if not treated promptly
German Botulismus, from Latin botulus, sausage.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin botulus ("sausage")+ -ism (Wiktionary)