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Friday 14 Jan 2011: Botulism comes from Latin for sausage
The name botulism for the serious bacterial food poisoning by the botulinum toxin comes from the Latin word for sausage and was invented by German poet and medical writer Justinus Kerner in 1822 for what he also described as "sausage poisoning". The botulinum toxin is nowadays more widely known under the trade name Botox.

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