Definition of Clavulanic acid

1. Noun. (medicine) An inhibitor of enzymatic hydrolysis that is added to penicillin antibiotics ¹



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Medical Definition of Clavulanic acid

1. Clavulanic acid (c8h9o5n) and its salts and esters. The acid is a suicide inhibitor of bacterial beta-lactamase enzymes from streptomyces clavuligerus. Administered alone, it has only weak antibacterial activity against most organisms, but given in combination with beta-lactam antibiotics prevents antibiotic inactivation by microbial lactamase. Pharmacological action: antibiotics, lactam, enzyme inhibitors. Chemical name: 4-Oxa-1-azabicyclo(3.2.0)heptane-2-carboxylic acid, 3-(2-hydroxyethylidene)-7-oxo-, (2R-(2alpha,3Z,5alpha)) (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Clavulanic Acid

claviers
clavies
claviform
claviger
clavigerous
clavigers
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clavinets
clavipectoral fascia
clavis
clavula
clavulae
clavulanate
clavulanates
clavulanic
clavulanic acid (current term)
clavulanic acids
clavulas
clavule
clavules
clavus hystericus
clavy
claw back
claw hammer
claw hammers
claw hatchet
claw off
claw ring

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