Glass vial of 'BoTox', Ireland, 1998
A vial of botulism toxin, marketed as BoTox, made by Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Westport, Ireland, in 1998. The toxin is used therapeutically for muscle contraction disorders such as writer's cramp. It is also alleged to have anti-wrinkle properties for use in cosmetic surgery.
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A surgical speciality dealing with the restoration or construction of the body. Often used to refer to elective surgery done for aesthetic reasons.
Glossary: botulism toxin
a powerful nerve toxin, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, that is injected, in minute dosage, for the treatment of various conditions of muscle dysfunction, such as dystonia (including blepharospasm and torticollis) and spastic paralysis associated with cerebral palsy. Trade names:. Botox,. Dysport.
A poisonous substance.