poisoning resulting from the toxin produced by botulinus bacteria, sometimes found in foods improperly canned or preserved: characterized by muscular paralysis and disturbances of vision and breathing, and often fatal
Origin of botulismGerman botulismus ; from Classical Latin botulus, sausage (see bowel) + -ismus, -ism: so named from German cases involving sausages
A severe, sometimes fatal food poisoning caused by ingestion of food containing botulin and characterized by nausea, vomiting, disturbed vision, muscular weakness, and fatigue.
Origin of botulismGerman Botulismus, from Latin botulus, sausage.
(usually uncountable, plural botulisms)