Medical glossary


Botulinum toxin (also known as Botox) is a protein produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, which, if injected, is able to block the transmission of nervous impulses to the muscles, thereby preventing their contraction.

In its Type A form, produced by means of biotechnology and subject to prescription, Botox is used for a number of therapeutic purposes ranging from skin rejuvenation to the treatment of hyperhidrosis and motor disorders of neurological origin.