Definition of botulism in English:

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botulism

Pronunciation: /ˈbäCHəˌlizəm/

noun

Food poisoning caused by a bacterium (botulinum) growing on improperly sterilized canned meats and other preserved foods.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Late 19th century: from German Botulismus, originally 'sausage poisoning', from Latin botulus 'sausage'.

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  • 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’.

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Syllabification: bot·u·lism

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