Definition of botulism in English:

botulism

Syllabification: bot·u·lism
Pronunciation: /ˈbäCHəˌlizəm
 
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noun

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