Definition of Antibiotic

1. Noun. A chemical substance derivable from a mold or bacterium that can kill microorganisms and cure bacterial infections. "When antibiotics were first discovered they were called wonder drugs"

2. Adjective. Of or relating to antibiotic drugs.

Definition of Antibiotic

1. Noun. (pharmacology) Any substance that can destroy or inhibit the growth of bacteria and similar microorganisms. ¹

2. Adjective. (pharmacology) Of or relating to antibiotics. ¹

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Definition of Antibiotic

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Medical Definition of Antibiotic

1. A chemical substance produced by a microorganism which has the capacity, in dilute solutions, to inhibit the growth of or to kill other microorganisms. Antibiotics that are sufficiently nontoxic to the host are used as chemotherapeutic agents in the treatment of infectious diseases of man, animals and plants. Origin: Gr. Bios = life (18 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Antibiotic

antiberiberi factor
antiberiberi vitamin
antibiotic (current term)
antibiotic drug
antibiotic enterocolitis
antibiotic eye drops
antibiotic induced enteritis
antibiotic induced gastroenteritis
antibiotic ointment
antibiotic prophylaxis
antibiotic resistance
antibiotic resistance gene
antibiotic sensitivity
antibiotic sensitivity test

Literary usage of Antibiotic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Otitis Media with Effusion in Young Children: Clinical Practice Guideline by Sylvan E. Stool (1998)
"antibiotic Therapy Although the Panel found a large body of literature on antibiotic therapy for otitis media with effusion, major deficiencies in study ..."

2. Treating Infectious Diseases in a Microbial World: Report of Two Workshops by National Research Council, Bls, National Academies Press (U.S.), ebrary, Inc (2006)
"antibiotic RESISTANCE antibiotic Resistance Is Inevitable The goal of the workshop was to identify novel approaches to the development of antimicrobial ..."

3. Ending the War Metaphor: The Changing Agenda for Unraveling the Host-Microbe by Forum on Microbial Threats, Institute of Medicine (U.S.) (2006)
"Yet, in the colon, some antibiotic resistance genes have obviously transferred ... The concern is that antibiotic- resistant bacteria that arise due to ..."

4. The Journal of Comparative Pathology and Therapeutics (1888)
"High peak levels—maximum effect against sensitive infections. • Quick elimination when their work is done-milk sooner free from antibiotic residues. ..."

5. Large Scale Coastal Behavior (1993) edited by J. H. List (1995)
"431.61 Persons introducing shipment or delivery of antibiotic drugs into interstate commerce; operators of establishments processing, labeling, storing, ..."

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