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botulism (bot´yu-lizm)

Food poisioning caused by the ingestion of the neurotoxin Clostridium botulinum from improperly canned or preserved food; mainly affects man, chickens, water fowl, cattle, sheep, and horses, and is characterized by paralysis in all species; can be fatal; swine, dogs, and cats are somewhat resistant. See also Clostridium botulinum. [L. botulus, sausage]
wound b. b. resulting from infection of a wound.


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