Definition of "botulinum" [botulinum]

  • An anaerobic, rod-shaped bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) that secretes botulin and inhabits soils. (noun)

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Use "botulinum" in a sentence
  • "The regime also admitted that it had manufactured 19,180 liters of a biological agent called botulinum toxin."
  • "Treatment for more severe cases can include injections - a substance known as botulinum toxin is injected into the affected area and works to block the signals to the brain that cause the area to produce sweat."
  • "Information in the Intelligence Community's possession since the late 1990s indicated that al-Qa'ida's members had trained in crude methods for producing biological agents such as botulinum toxin and toxins obtained from venomous animals."