|severe poisoning from ingestion of botulin, which affects the central nervous system producing difficulty in swallowing, visual disturbances, and respiratory paralysis: often fatal|
|[C19: first formed as German Botulismus literally: sausage poisoning, from Latin botulus sausage]|
botulism bot·u·lism (bŏch'ə-lĭz'əm)
A severe, sometimes fatal food poisoning caused by ingestion of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum in improperly canned or preserved food and characterized by nausea, vomiting, disturbed vision, and paralysis.
|botulism (bŏch'ə-lĭz'əm) Pronunciation Key
A severe, sometimes fatal food poisoning caused by eating food infected with the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which produces botulinum toxin. The bacterium grows in food that has been improperly preserved.