Definition of botulism in English:
- Dr Edmiston explained how anthrax, smallpox variola virus, botulism, and pneumonic plague fit the criteria.
- Other infectious diseases that pose a threat include plague, tularemia, botulism and tuberculosis.
- And he took the observation that with the food poisoning called botulism, one of the first symptoms was crossed eyes, or drooping of the lids.
Late 19th century: from German Botulismus, originally 'sausage poisoning', from Latin botulus 'sausage'.
bowel from Middle English:
Old French bouel has given bowel in English, from Latin botellus ‘little sausage’, from botulus, source of botulism (late 19th century), a form of food poisoning, adopted from German Botulismus, originally ‘sausage poisoning’.
- British & World English dictionary
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