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botulinum toxin


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  • n. a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum

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  • n. any of several neurotoxins that are produced by the anaerobic bacterium Clostridium botulinum; causes muscle paralysis


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  • The botulinum toxin causes botulism, a fatal condition if not treated immediately. It involves muscle paralysis, eventually leading to the paralysis of the respiratory system and, consequently, death. The bacteria enter the body through open wounds or by ingesting contaminated food.

    February 27, 2015