the toxin causing botulism
Origin of botulinModern Latin ; from Classical Latin botulus, sausage: see botulism
Any of several enzymes that are produced by botulinum bacteria and induce the paralysis of botulism by interfering with the ability of neurons to release acetylcholine at nerve-muscle junctures. Botulin is used as an antispasmodic and a treatment for wrinkles by paralyzing facial muscles. Also called botulinum toxin.
Origin of botulinLatin botulus, sausage (a common source of contamination) + –in.