Etymology
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botulism (n.)

"poisoning caused by eating imperfectly preserved food," 1878, from German Botulismus (1878), coined in German from Medieval Latin botulus "sausage" (see bowel) + -ismus suffix of action or state (see -ism). The sickness first was traced to eating tainted sausage (sausage poisoning was an old name for it).

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Definitions of botulism

botulism (n.)
food poisoning from ingesting botulin; not infectious; affects the CNS; can be fatal if not treated promptly;
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