Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An anaerobic, rod-shaped bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) that secretes botulin and inhabits soils.

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  • noun An anaerobic soil bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, that secretes the toxin botulin

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  • noun anaerobic bacterium producing botulin the toxin that causes botulism

Etymologies

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

[New Latin botulīnum, specific epithet, from Latin botulus, sausage.]

Examples

  • The regime also admitted that it had manufactured 19,180 liters of a biological agent called botulinum toxin.

    CNN Transcript Dec 19, 2002

  • Treatment for more severe cases can include injections - a substance known as botulinum toxin is injected into the affected area and works to block the signals to the brain that cause the area to produce sweat.

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  • Information in the Intelligence Community's possession since the late 1990s indicated that al-Qa'ida's members had trained in crude methods for producing biological agents such as botulinum toxin and toxins obtained from venomous animals.

    Interesting Findings on Al-Qa'ida

  • Surgeons have called for the scrapping of a scheme designed to offer some protection against unscrupulous practices among clinics and beauty parlours that provide cosmetic injectable treatments, such as botulinum toxin and cosmetic fillers.

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  • However, some of the most toxic substances on earth are completely natural (such as botulinum toxin, taxine in yew plants, and nicotine).

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  • However, some of the most toxic substances on earth are completely natural (such as botulinum toxin, taxine in yew plants, and nicotine).

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  • However, some of the most toxic substances on earth are completely natural (such as botulinum toxin, taxine in yew plants, and nicotine).

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  • There is, however, evidence that the group was experimenting with crude chemical weapons, was exploring the use of biological weapons such as botulinum, salmonella, and anthrax, and also made multiple attempts to acquire radioactive materials suitable for a dirty bomb.

    The Longest War

  • The drug is a purified form of botulinum, one of the most toxic substances in the world.

    FDA approves Botox for certain bladder control issues

  • The drug is a purified form of botulinum, one of the most toxic substances in the world.

    FDA approves Botox for certain bladder control issues

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  • Botulinum travels through the blood and attaches to the nerves that control muscles. It effectively shuts down the system and the victim dies an agonising death.

    August 18, 2009

  • Source.

    August 18, 2009

  • Painful Poisons

    August 26, 2009