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botulism

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒtjʊlɪz(ə)m
 
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Definition of botulism in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Food poisoning caused by a bacterium growing on improperly sterilized tinned 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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