Definition of botulism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɒtjulɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːtʃəlɪzəm//
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a serious illness caused by bacteria in badly preserved food Word Origin late 19th cent.: from German Botulismus, originally ‘sausage poisoning’, from Latin botulus ‘sausage’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: botulism