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a sometimes fatal disease of the nervous system acquired from spoiled foods in which botulin is present, especially improperly canned or marinated foods.
Contemporary Examples

The Deadliest Botox Has Arrived Kent Sepkowitz October 17, 2013
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Historical Examples

Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2) David Starr Jordan
Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray

severe poisoning from ingestion of botulin, which affects the central nervous system producing difficulty in swallowing, visual disturbances, and respiratory paralysis: often fatal
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.
botulism [(boch-uh-liz-uhm)]


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