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[boch-uh-lahy-nuh s] /ˌbɒtʃ əˈlaɪ nəs/
noun, plural botulinuses.
a soil bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, that thrives and forms botulin under anaerobic conditions.
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[boch-uh-lahy-nuh m] /ˌbɒtʃ əˈlaɪ nəm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of botulinus
1895-1900; < New Latin: the former specific name, equivalent to Latin botul(us) a sausage (see botulism) + -inus -ine2
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botulinal, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nuses
an anaerobic bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, whose toxins (botulins) cause botulism: family Bacillaceae
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin botulus sausage
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botulinum bot·u·li·num (bŏch'ə-lī'nəm) or bot·u·li·nus (-nəs)
An anaerobic, rod-shaped bacterium (Clostridium botulinum) that secretes botulin and inhabits soils.

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